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Patent searching made easy : how to do patent searches on the internet & in the library

Author: David Hitchcock
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Nolo, April 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Sixth editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hitchcock
ISBN: 9781413318722 141331872X
OCLC Number: 827517899
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. The basics. Patents and patent searching. What is a patent and what does it do for me? What is prior art? What is the PTO Patent Database? Patent searching and patent eligibility. The easy part: statutory subject matter and usefulness. Novelty: is your invention new? Nonobviousness: is your invention pbvious? The patent document. Understanding patent databases. How information is entered into the database. Understanding keyword searching. What you need to search patent databases --
Part II. Simple and advanced searching. Patent searching at the PTO website. Simple keyword searches at the PTO's website. Searching the Manual of Classification. Search by patent number. Working with patent images. An effective strategy for basic patent searches. Advanced search techniques. How to accomplish an advanced patent search at the PTO website. Searching published patent applications at the PTO's website. Patent searching at the EPO [European Patent Office] website. Patent searching at the EPO. Other patent search websites. Google patent search. Fee-based patent-searching websites. Additional sources of prior art. Google. The Thomas Register. Government websites. Usenet newsgroups. Trade magazines, books, and stores --
Part III. Resources. Hitting the books. Index to the U.S. Patent Classification System. Manual of Classification. Classification definitions. Using CASSIS. The CASSIS DVD database. Welcome to CASSIS2. Additional CASSIS features. EAST meets WEST. Web-based Examiner Search Tool (WEST). Examiner Automated Search Tool (EAST). Additional EAST/WEST features. Glossary. Appendixes. Reference collection of U.S. Patents available for public use in patent and trademark resource centers. Forms.
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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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