Patent Searching Made Easy - 4th Editionby David Hitchcock
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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Author has done grate job in explaining the concept of patent searching, however he has only concentrated in a few tools. The serach often for right answer often is of a challange but the main foucus should be how to use the result which is missing in this book.