Patent Searching Made Easy

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In the past, if you wanted to assess the novelty of an idea, you had to wade through the patent database at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Virginia--or hire a lawyer to do a patent search for $500 and up. The cost and inconvenience of these searches often meant that good ideas were left to rot on the vine. With David Hitchcock's book, Patent Searching Made Easy, you can learn to do patent searches yourself, on the Internet, at little or no cost. The 3rd Edition has been completely updated to ...
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Overview

In the past, if you wanted to assess the novelty of an idea, you had to wade through the patent database at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Virginia--or hire a lawyer to do a patent search for $500 and up. The cost and inconvenience of these searches often meant that good ideas were left to rot on the vine. With David Hitchcock's book, Patent Searching Made Easy, you can learn to do patent searches yourself, on the Internet, at little or no cost. The 3rd Edition has been completely updated to include the latest changes at the PTO's patent searching website and the latest resources available at the Patent and Trademark Depository Library system. A chapter covering the European Patent Office has also been added. A computer consultant, engineer and patent searching expert, Hitchcock gives you the vocabulary, instructions and strategies you need to search for a patent quickly and easily. He explains how the PTO classifies different types of inventions, so that you can assign your idea to the right class and compare it to related ideas. This book explains step by step how to use an Internet browser to search out U.S. patents. It discusses how to classify an invention properly, and then find patents that may be relevant.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
Computer Currents
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.
Entrepreneur
With patent searches costing anywhere from $300 to $700, this book should be a valuable aid to most inventors.
George H. Morgan
Following the instructions in this book...will help you reduce the risk inherent in developing your inventions.
Ingram
Now inventors can get instant feedback on their ideas via the Internet. Patent Searching Made Easy explains how to use an Internet browser to search U.S. patents
Jane Applegate
For more easy-to-understand information on patents, Nolo, based in Berkeley, Calif., publishes a variety of excellent self-help legal books.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411658387
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 11/14/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I. Introduction
Part 1: The Basics
1. Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching
2. Tools and Resources
Part 2: Getting Started
3. Patent Searching at the PTO Internet Site
4. Patent Searching at the IBM Website
5. Patent Searching at the PTDL
Part 3: Maximum Performance
6. Advanced Internet Patent Searching
7. Advanced Patent Searching at the PTDL
8. Additional Patent Search Resources on the Internet
9. Additional Sources of Prior Art
10. Where Do I Go From Here?
Appendices
A. Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries
B. Forms
C. Summary of Searcher's Secrets
Glossary
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    5 Stars to the Author!

    This is the first book on Patents that I must highly recommend! The author knows exactly what his topic is about and explains in an orderly manner how to do searches on your inventions or new products. He has evidently lived through the experience of obtaining patents to be able to supply us with the outline on how to research our products and save money while doing so! Excellent Book! Thank you David Hitchcock for putting this together for all of us designers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    An Excellent Patent Search Reference

    Too often, inventors and business owners plunge ahead with an exciting new idea. They invest large sums of money in research and tooling only to find the idea is already patented or that it cannot be patented because it is actually not a new idea. The solution for avoiding this waste of time and money is a preliminary patent search. By using this book, you can rapidly learn how to tap into the remarkable facilities that are available today and find a quick and low cost answer to the question of whether to go ahead or abandon an idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Outstanding

    Mr. Hitchcock's book made my day a little easier. All the info you need is right there. I'm sure you could take the time to look it all up, but this book helps cut that time in half. I've saved thousands of dollars and countless hours using this easy to read guide. Good job!

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