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

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

by David Hitchcock
     
 

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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. Patent Searching Made Easy shows you… See more details below

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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. 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: . verify the patent status of an idea . 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 Resource Centers (PTRC) . do prior art searches at PTRC . search fee based patent databases on the Internet . search international patent offices . do advanced searches at the PTO and PTRC 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?" 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book should be a valuable aid to most inventors... an excellent starting point for first-time inventors." Entrepreneur Magazine

"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" Booklist

"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, Computer Currents
"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 - Popular Mechanics

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.
Entrepreneur
With patent searches costing anywhere from $300 to $700, this book should be a valuable aid to most inventors.
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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413318739
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
04/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
265
File size:
13 MB
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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
From the Publisher
"This book should be a valuable aid to most inventors... an excellent starting point for first-time inventors." Entrepreneur Magazine
"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" Booklist
"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, Computer Currents"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 - Popular Mechanics

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