Terms and Connectors Searching With Docket Alarm

Docket Alarm can conduct natural language searches and terms and connectors searches. Searching with natural language is easy, just type what you’re looking for and we’ll find the most relevant documents.

Terms and connectors searching provides a high level of precision that can help narrow down search results. Docket Alarm supports many terms and connectors, including Boolean, proximity, stemming, wildcard, and phrase searches.

Below is a summary of Docket Alarm’s connectors:
Connector
Description
Example
AND
Find documents containing all connected terms. The word AND does not have to be capitalized.
personal AND injury
OR
Find documents containing any connected term. The word OR does not have to be capitalized.
order OR decision
NOT
Excludes documents.
personal AND NOT injury
finds documents with the word “personal” and not “injury”
w/#
Find documents which have terms within a given proximity of each other.
personal w/5 injury
finds documents with “personal” within five words of “injury”
!
Stemming finds all words containing the root word
electric!
finds documents containing “electrical”, “electronics”, “electricity”, etc.
*
Find similar words with variations on single characters
wom*n
find documents containing either “woman” or “women”
“[phrase]”
Finds an exact phrase
“personal injury”
( … )
Parenthesis may be used to group sets of terms of connectors
personal w/5 (injury OR fall)
find documents with the word personal within five words of the word injury or fall
-
Hyphens search words both with and without the hyphen.
cross-reference
find documents with any of the words and phrases: crossreference, cross-reference, cross reference.

Filters

Filters allow you to limit your search for keywords within particular fields, such as firms, judges, attorneys, and other.
Filter
Description
Examples with Explanation
court
Find documents in a particular court
court:(New York)
finds documents in New York courts

court:(Supreme Court AND NOT state)
find documents in the supreme court, but not in state courts
judge
party
firm
attorney
Find documents in a case involving a particular judge / party / firm / attorney
judge:Posner
find cases involving Judge Posner

party:Apple
find cases involving apple

firm:(“Weil Gotshal”)
find cases involving Weil Gotshal

attorney:(David w/3 Boies)
find cases involving the attorney David Boies
from:[date]
to:[date]
Date filters allow you to filter documents and cases by the date they were filed. These dates are inclusive
from:3/1/2015
Find cases no earlier than March 1, 2015

from:2014 to:2015
Find cases from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2015
nos
Filter Federal cases by Nature of Suit Codes.
nos:patent
Find all patent cases

claim w/3 construction AND NOT nos:patent
Find all documents that mention the word claim within three words of the word construction that are not patent cases.
documenttitle
Find documents which have a word or set of words in the document's title.
documenttitle:(scheduling order)
Find all documents that have the words scheduling order in the document's title.
event
Find cases with a particular event.
event:(type:(petition institution) outcome:denied)
This advanced filter locates all denied petition institution decisions. If you would like to learn more about these advanced filters, please contact us for a free demonstration (admin@docketalarm.com).


Document Type Filters

You can limit the type of document returned with a few additional filters.
Search
Description
is:docket
Only search through docket sheets.
is:document
Only search through documents.
is:opinion
Only search for court opinions and documents authored by the court.
is:pleading
Only search for complaints, answers, and petitions. Also includes amended complaints and answers.
is:motion
Search for motions and briefs.
is:pacer
Only search for cases that come from PACER's database (Federal District, appellate courts, and bankruptcies). To exclude PACER cases, add NOT is:pacer.
is:bankruptcy
Limit the search to bankruptcies. To exclude bankruptcies, add NOT is:bankruptcy.

Special Searches

Docket Alarm handles certain specialty searches in an intelligent manner:
Search
Description
Examples with Explanation
Synonyms and Abbreviations
Docket Alarm automatically searches common synonyms and abbreviations.

lawyer
finds documents mentioning either lawyer or attorney.

SEC
finds documents mentioning either SEC or Securities and Exchange Commission. Most common agencies covered.

NY
finds documents mentioning either NY or New York. All state abbreviations work as expected except for Oregon (“OR”) and Indiana (“IN”).
Statutes
When searching for acronyms, Docket Alarm will search for the word with and without periods.
35 U.S.C. 102
finds documents mentioning both “U.S.C.” and “USC”.
Money Amounts
When searching for a range of money amounts, Docket Alarm searches for all amounts within the range.
$100k-20M
find documents with a dollar amount between $100,000 and $20 million.

$1000-$20000
find documents with a dollar amounts between $1000 and $20,000.
Patent Numbers
When searching for patent numbers (or any long number), Docket Alarm will automatically insert or remove commas as necessary.
6,665,003
find documents mentioning “6,665,003” and “6665003”

6665003
find documents mentioning “6,665,003” and “6665003”
Docket Numbers
Docket Alarm tries to search for docket numbers in various ways to increase the likelihood that they will match.
1:12-cv-123
find documents mentioning “12-cv-123”,”12-cv-00123”, “12cv123”, among others.

Range and Numerical Filters

A few special filters allow you to specify a range of numbers. A range is specified using brackets "[" and "]" and specifying numbers in between. For example, [1, 5] means all numbers from 1 to 5. Values can also be left out, so [3,] means number 3 and greater. These range searches can be used to search for specific types of cases:
Filter
Description
Examples with Explanation
num_party
Search for cases with a specified number of parties.
num_party:[10,100]
find cases involving 10 to 100 parties.
num_firm
Search for cases with a specified number of law firms involved.
num_firm:[,2]
find cases involving at most 2 law firms.
num_attorney
Search for cases with a specified number of attorneys involved.
num_firm:[2,40]
find cases involving 2 to 40 attorneys.
num_pages
Search for documents with a specified number of pages.
num_pages:[100,1000]
find documents with 100 to 1000 pages.

Query Combinations

You can combine multiple queries by using the parenthesis to separate each sub-query. For example, a search for “notice w/10 (decision OR order)” would return documents where the word “notice” is used within 10 words of either the word “decision” or the word “order”.

Docket Alarm is an advanced search and litigation tracking service for the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), the International Trade Commission (ITC), Bankruptcy Courts, and Federal Courts across the United States. Docket Alarm searches and tracks millions of dockets and documents for thousands of users.

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