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Docket Alarm, Inc. Case Study: Indexing Federal Courts, the ITC, and the PTAB

June 6, 2014 | By | No Comments">No Comments

Based in New York City, Docket Alarm offers search, tracking, and analytics for over one million lawsuits and bankruptcies in Federal Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Docket Alarm’s PTAB full-text research database includes every inter partes review and covered business method proceeding ever filed.

Docket Alarm customers rank among the largest law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and market research and consulting firms.

One of the major challenges Docket Alarm faced was being able to provide instant search capabilities over hundreds of gigabytes of data with sub-second latency.

I chose Searchly’s scalable search solution to power Docket Alarm because of its ability to scale to millions of documents.  Searchly allows me to focus less on hardware infrastructure, and more on the high level analytics that saves our customers time and money.

- Michael Sander, Founder, Docket Alarm, Inc.

Docket Alarm takes advantage of Elasticsearch’s powerful analytics to generate real-time statistics, such as:

When it comes to building a large and robust search system, careful planning and design are required. By using Searchly, Docket Alarm was able to smoothly scale their full text search legal database from mere megabytes to hundreds of gigabytes.

Interested in tracking a case? Curious about what cases involve your company? You can check out Docket Alarm for yourself at