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Sequential searches are common in extracting information from different legal platforms such as case law research or government databases such as databases for patents and trademarks.
The term sequential searches is meant to describe: entering a search query, then reviewing the results, and then entering another search query.
Commonly, different parts of the search query will be changed in the subsequent searches. For example, you realize something is actually called something else. So, you want to have results which include another word, so you change the word. Or in another situation, you want to change the date for the result.
Often you’ll want to determine overall trends in what is happening within a certain sector.
An example of using sequential searches for a trend is:
The following set of sequential searches, entered in the Free Form Function of the TESS trademark database, gave part of the results for 1A Use in Commerce trademark applications filed from Jan. 1 to Jan. 14 of 2017, and how many applications were registered in each 3 month period following the application:
`FD > 20170101 < 20170114 AND `RD > 20170101 < 20170331 AND 1A[OB] NOT (1B[OB] OR 44E[OB] OR 44D[OB] OR 66A[OB]) - 1
`FD > 20170101 < 20170114 AND `RD > 20170401 < 20170630 AND 1A[OB] NOT (1B[OB] OR 44E[OB] OR 44D[OB] OR 66A[OB]) - 165
`FD > 20170101 < 20170114 AND `RD > 20170701 < 20170930 AND 1A[OB] NOT (1B[OB] OR 44E[OB] OR 44D[OB] OR 66A[OB]) - 3621
`FD > 20170101 < 20170114 AND `RD > 20171001 < 20171231 AND 1A[OB] NOT (1B[OB] OR 44E[OB] OR 44D[OB] OR 66A[OB]) - 670
For the first search:
The crux of this set of sequential searches is the change in the amount of trademark applications for the registration date.
All the searches have the same elements to keep the same group of 1A filings from Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 14, 2017.
The point of these sequential searches was to determine when a trademark application was eventually registered.
So the registration date range was changed in the sequential searches from: `RD > 20170101 < 20170331 to `RD > 20170401 < 20170630 to `RD > 20170701 < 20170930 to `RD > 20171001 < 20171231.
This gives the amount of the filings registered in those different three month time periods.
The numbers are in the table of the bottom chart on the page describing the results for How Long Will It Take for a Trademark Application to Be Approved? - Amount of Applications Approved in Each 3 Month Period After the Application Submission Date.
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