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

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Written by inventor David Hitchcock, this unique book explains step by step how to use an Internet browser to search U.S. patents It discusses how to classify an invention properly, and then, using that classification, find all relevant patents issued since 1971.Packed with helpful advice, Patent Searching Made Easy explains how to: conduct a full patent search in one of the 80 Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (located in virtually every state)determine what resources are available for searching for ...

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Overview

Written by inventor David Hitchcock, this unique book explains step by step how to use an Internet browser to search U.S. patents It discusses how to classify an invention properly, and then, using that classification, find all relevant patents issued since 1971.Packed with helpful advice, Patent Searching Made Easy explains how to: conduct a full patent search in one of the 80 Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (located in virtually every state)determine what resources are available for searching for patents filed in foreign countriesverify the patent status of ideas submitted to local businesses for developmentuse feebased patent search services on the Internet. This edition now includes information on searching the new Full Text Database on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Web site, which gives readers more options for searching on the Internet as well as more patent information than was previously available

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413310368
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 5/10/2009
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (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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