Where to Start
Much of patent searching depends on several factors to consider:
* how authoritative do you want the search to be
* how to date do you want the information to be
* how much time do you have to spend on this search
* your comfort level with using a computer and search systems
* the invention, is it innovative technology, or does it require searching patents before 1975
* your knowledge of U.S. patent classification
* do you need to search just patents or also patent applications
Has this been patented? - How to get started
A thorough patent search should be conducted to determine if an invention has been patented. This will entail searching several different patent websites, so it is wise to keep a journal of your work to avoid duplicating efforts.
1. Brainstorm Keywords to describe your invention - think of synonyms.
2. Use Keywords to search for a similar match of your invention in Google Patents.
3. Note the class and subclass of the similar invention - either in USPC or CPC, or both.
5. Trace related patents through references.
Organizing your work
Keeping a simple log of your patent search process and progress can be helpful.
A simple log may track the Date of the search, Database searched, Search terms used, Number of results, Patents of interest, Patent Class/Subclass, and Notes about the search.
Search Google Patents
Use the Google Patents database to get started and explore, although features to filter the results are limited. Note patents of interest and the class(es) of those patents.
Espacenet - Produced by the European Patent Office, Espacenet is accessible to beginners and experts and is updated daily. It contains data on more than 140 million patent documents worldwide.
You can use Espacenet to:
- search and find patent publications
- machine-translate patent documents
- track the progress of emerging technologies
- find solutions to technical problems
- see what your competitors are developing
Espacenet allows you to search using natural language, like Google Patents or has classification searching options.
Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, and Public Health.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation; Merrill SA, Mazza AM, editors.Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2006.
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