The USPTO's Patent Application Alert Service provides a mechanism to stay up-to-date with patent application pre-grant publications. Through this system that uses customizable alerts, one can be notified when a patent application is published by the USPTO which meets certain customized criteria. The notification will contain links to the Application Patent Full Text system (AppFT), which provides the full text and images of the pre-grant publications meeting the customized criteria. A link is provided here.

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