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

by David Hitchcock
     
 

Inventor? Find out if you're the first to file a patent, online and in the library. 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

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Inventor? Find out if you're the first to file a patent, online and in the library. 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. In Patent Searching Made Easy, find the plain-English information you need to: verify the patent status of an idea search Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries use online patent search services A physicist, engineer, and patent searching expert, author David 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, compare it to related ideas and then determine if it's novel enough to qualify for a patent. Patent Searching Made Easy shows you how do patent searches yourself, on the Internet, at little or no cost. Plus, you'll learn how to: prepare for online searches with the right hardware, software and computer skills access online patent searching resources narrow online searches with keywords and Boolean logic perform database searches at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) do microfiche searches at PTDLs search fee-based patent databases on the Internet search international patent offices do advanced searches at the PTO and PTDL Written for both inventors and business owners interested in expanding their product line through the license, distribution or manufacture of other people's ideas, Patent Searching Made Easy is the easiest way for you to determine the answer to that all-important question, "Am I the first?"

Editorial Reviews

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
Entrepreneur
With patent searches costing anywhere from $300 to $700, this book should be a valuable aid to most inventors.
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.
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
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
Jane Applegate
For more easy-to-understand information on patents, Nolo, based in Berkeley, Calif., publishes a variety of excellent self-help legal books.
George H. Morgan
Following the instructions in this book...will help you reduce the risk inherent in developing your inventions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413310368
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
05/10/2009
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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George H. Morgan
Following the instructions in this book...will help you reduce the risk inherent in developing your inventions.
George H. Morgan, Patent Agent of Morgan and Associates

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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