April 2021: CLAIMS Direct Client Tools 2.6-1 released
This latest release introduces
streams capability. This new feature allows the seamless integration of custom XML content, non-patent data sources and custom data filtering for on-site customers. Additionally,
aidxd has a new argument
--tolerate which directs
aidxd to tolerate all errors and retry. This brings
aidxd in line with the current behavior of
apgupd. Due to the change of behavior, this argument is optional but future releases may make this the default behavior. If you wish to use it, simply add it to the
CD_OTHER_OPTIONS option in
CD_OTHER_OPTIONS='--tolerate' ) and restart the daemon via
March 2021: Attachment service enhancements
On March 20, 2021 we are releasing the following enhancements to the Shared Services
@excludehas been added as a parameter to the
/attachment/fetchallendpoint. This allows you to exclude specified extensions from the package. See /attachment/fetchall for full details.
attachment/abimageendpoint, which allows you to fetch a front page drawing or figure, has been enhanced to handle image manipulation. See /attachment/abimage for more details.
March 2021: Litigation API released
Global litigation data from MaxVal is now available on the CLAIMS Direct platform as an optional data subscription. Case details, outcomes, party data and more are available from multiple courts. The data is provided in a similar XML style to other CLAIMS Direct content, making it easy to integrate with other patent content. See Litigation to read more about how to access this service.
March 2021: Chinese Snapshots
From March through August, approximately 30 million IFI Snapshots will be added to our Chinese full text documents. This will allow Premium Plus subscribers to access IFI’s standardized names, patent status, expiration dates, and claims summaries for Chinese records. To read more about the IFI Snapshots and how they can help you, see IFI Snapshots Explained.
February 2021: IFI Snapshots
For over 70 years, IFI CLAIMS has created value-added data which provides an overview of a patent document at a particular moment. Our patent status, expiry dates, standardized names, and claims summaries have been relied upon by professionals for decades to provide the key information necessary to evaluate patents quickly and efficiently. We have now come up with a term which we feel captures the essence of this vital information: the IFI Snapshot. To read more about what IFI Snapshots are and how they can help you, see IFI Snapshots Explained.
November 2020: Names API released
The Names API is now available to Premium Plus subscribers. This service allows users to retrieve CLAIMS Direct IFI names and name variations as well as ultimate corporate owners and subsidiaries. More information about how to use this service is available here.
July 2020: Source attribution added
As required by the French Patent and Trademark office (INPI), we have released a patch which adds a source attribution. The patch is available through the following link:
Installation instructions and further details are included in the README file. On-site installations must apply this patch before August 1, 2020.
June 2020: Support for RHEL/CentOS 8
CLAIMS Direct now supports RHEL/CentOS 8. Instructions for new instances have been incorporated into the PostgreSQL Installation Instructions and the repository information is provided in the Software Requirements on our PostgreSQL page.
June 2020: New PostgreSQL schema and tools package
In an effort to further streamline CLAIMS Direct PostgreSQL schema versioning, we are introducing a schema and tools package into the CLAIMS Direct yum repository. The new package will offer the main CLAIMS Direct database schema as well as the supporting
users database to support deployment of on-site web services. The package contains the SQL to create the database(s) supporting PostgreSQL versions 9.2 - 10.x, as well as tools to check installation, populate the tables, perform extracts, and more. See PostgreSQL Schema and Tools for more information about the package, including instructions on how to install it.
April 2020: CDWS/CDWI report expirations
Going forward, reports created using the CDWS endpoint
/reports and CDWI reporting interface will expire after 6 months and will be automatically removed. We intend to begin the pruning on June 6, 2020. Please download any reports older than 6 months that you wish to keep.
April 2020: Client Tools 2.5.3 release notes
This release contains changes pertaining to how the software is deployed on the system. At the end of 2017, we moved to an RPM-based software distribution by introducing the IFI CLAIMS Direct repository. This release further aligns the installation with distribution standards. The following enhancements are included in v.2.5.3:
- An unprivileged service account is created and controls processes and configuration files.
The new user
alexandriawill be created on installation or upgrade whose
homedirectory will be
- Configuration files are located in the standard system configuration directory.
All tools included in the Client::Tools package require a valid
alexandria.xmlfile for database and index settings. This file is now located in the standard system configuration directory
/etc.In addition, configuration files pertaining to
init.dcontrol are located in the directory
- Log files are located in standard system logging directory
( /var/log/alexandria ).
By default, this will be
- Data warehouse updating and SOLR indexing daemons are controlled through
For CentOS 8 and RHEL 7, the service files
aidxd.servicewill be installed in the
systemdservice file directory to
stopthe services. For Amazon (amz1), the service files
aidxd.initwill be installed in
/etc/rc.d/init.dto enable standard
servicestart, stop, restart and status commands.
- Upgrading Alexandria-Client-Tools from versions earlier than 2.1.1 (non-repository versions):
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upgrading Alexandria-Client-Tools from version 2.1.1 and above (repository-controlled versions):
Please note there are two new configuration files
/etc/alexandria/aidxd.confwhich require editing for appropriate user name and password to interact with the CLAIMS Direct primary update server. See Client Tools documentation for details.
January 2020: On-site citation and family functionality
With the deployment of the cumulative patch
alexandria-sql-patch-alpa-3636-20191101, on-site CLAIMS Direct installations gained the ability to utilize family and citation functionality in-house. We are now offering a supplemental patch which will allow bulk loading of the tables needed to support these new functions. The new patch also expands the available functionality to make citation and family data easier to access. The supplemental patch is available through the following link: http://alexandria.fairviewresearch.com/software/patches/alexandria-sql-patch-alpa-3636-x-20191215.tar.gz. For a full discussion of how to use these new functions, see Leveraging On-Site Citation and Family Functionality.
Earlier Release Notes
Release notes prior to 2020 can be seen in the Archived Release Notes section.