Patent Searching Made Easy: How to do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library [NOOK Book]

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

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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.

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413318739
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 4/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 265
  • Sales rank: 861,270
  • File size: 13 MB
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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
Part I: The Basics
1. Patents and Patent Searching
2. Understanding Patent Databases
Part II: Simple and Advanced Searching
3. Patent Searching at the PTO Website
4. Advanced Search Techniques
5. Patent Searching at the EPO Website
6. Other Patent Search Websites
7. Additional Sources of Prior Art
Part III: Resources
8. Hitting the Books
9. Using CASSIS
10. EAST Meets WEST
G. Glossary
Appendixes
A. Reference Collection of U.S. Patents Available for Public Use in Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries
B. Forms
Index

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