Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library

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Patent Searching: An indispensable tool for inventors

There's no sense paying thousands to file a patent application if someone else has beaten you to the Patent and Trademark Office. Now, with online database tools, you can cut costs and avoid expensive patent searching fees by searching patent records yourself-all from your personal computer.

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Overview

Patent Searching: An indispensable tool for inventors

There's no sense paying thousands to file a patent application if someone else has beaten you to the Patent and Trademark Office. Now, with online database tools, you can cut costs and avoid expensive patent searching fees by searching patent records yourself-all from your personal computer.

Patent Searching Made Easy shows you how to:

quickly check out any new idea, to see whether anyone has already patented it

verify the patent status of ideas submitted to you for development (if you are a potential developer)

come up with keywords to describe your invention

perform simple and advanced Internet patent searches

classify your invention based on the U.S. Patent Classification System

compare your idea to similar ideas in the same class, and tentatively conclude whether your idea is new enough to qualify for a patent

search at the European Patent and Trademark Office (EPO)

research and use the Manual of Patent Classification and the U.S. Patent Classification Index.

In the past, if you wanted to find out whether someone else already had the same great idea, you had to pay hundreds (sometimes thousands) for a lawyer or patent agent to search patent records. But now, with Patent Searching Made Easy, you can do patent searches yourself, at little or no cost.

"This book thoroughly explains how to search for previously issued U.S. patents . . . The explanations are helpful for both computer expert and 'newbie.'"

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Editorial Reviews

George H. Morgan
Following the instructions in this book...will help you reduce the risk inherent in developing your inventions.
Jane Applegate
For more easy-to-understand information on patents, Nolo, based in Berkeley, Calif., publishes a variety of excellent self-help legal books.
Austin Business Journal
For more easy-to-understand information on patents, Nolo, based in Berkeley, Calif., publishes a variety of excellent self-help legal books.
— Jane Applegate
Booklist
This book thoroughly explains how to search for previously issued U.S. patents, using resources available on the Internet and at PTDLs.... The explanations are helpful for both computer expert and newbie.
ComputerCurrents
Today you can find many patent-searching resources online, and David Hitchcock's Patent Searching Made Easy details how to make the best use of them. Hitchcock covers search strategies and gives specific search tips for the two key patent sites, PTO and IBM, and for international online offices.
— Keri Hayes Troutman
Entrepreneur
With patent searches costing anywhere from $300 to $700, this book should be a valuable aid to most inventors.
Popular Mechanics
A word of caution before trying a search at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website -- first read Patent Searching Made Easy.
— Jim Wilson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873374767
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hitchcock is a physicist and engineer who has worked as a computer consultant on such diverse projects as the MX missile, the Milstar satellite program and advanced capability torpedoes. He has focused on patent searching and new technology for a number of years. Hitchcock is the inventor of the Home First Shield , a device to protect homes from wildfires.
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Table of Contents

Your Legal Companion 1

Part I The Basics

1 Patents and Patent Searching 5

What Is a Patent and What Does It Do for Me? 6

What Is Prior Art? 7

What Is the PTO Patent Database? 9

Patent Searching and Patent Eligibility 10

The Easy Part: Statutory Subject Matter and Usefulness 10

Novelty: Is Your Invention New? 11

Nonobviousness: Is Your Invention Obvious? 15

The Patent Document 19

2 Understanding Patent Databases 27

How Information Is Entered Into the Database 28

Understanding Keyword Searching 29

What You Need to Search Patent Databases 40

Part II Simple and Advanced Searching

3 Patent Searching at the PTO Website 45

Simple Keyword Searches at the PTO's Website 46

Searching the Manual of Classification 58

Search by Patent Number 70

Working With Patent Images 72

An Effective Strategy for Basic Patent Searches 79

4 Advanced Search Techniques 85

How to Accomplish an Advanced Patent Search at the PTO Website 86

Searching Published Patent Applications at the PTO's Website 104

5 Patent Searching at the EPO Website 111

Patent Searching at the EPO 112

6 Other Patent Search Websites 129

SurfIP 130

Google Patent Search 137

Fee-Based Patent-Searching Websites 144

7 Additional Sources of Prior Art 147

Google 148

The Thomas Register 154

Government Websites 157

Usenet Newsgroups 161

Trade Magazines, Books, and Stores 165

Part III Resources

8 Hitting the Books 169

Index to the U.S. Patent Classification System 170

Manual of Classification 175

Classification Definitions 177

9 Using Cassis 187

The Cassis DVD Database 188

Welcome to Cassis2 188

Additional Cassis Features 199

10 East Meets West201

Web-based Examiner Search Tool (West) 203

Examiner Automated Search Tool (East) 209

Additional East/West Features 214

Glossary 215

Appendixes

A Reference Collection of U.S. Patents Available for Public Use in Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries 223

B Forms 229

Index

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