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

ISBN-10: 141331872X
ISBN-13: 9781413318722
Edition: 6th
Authors: David Hitchcock
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $39.99
Edition: 6th
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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 Easyshows 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 Depository Libraries (PTDLs).do prior art searches at PTDLs.search fee-based patent databases on the Internet.search international patent offices.do advanced searches at the PTO and PTDLWritten 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 Easyis 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.

Your Legal Companion
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 Obvious?
The Patent Document
Understanding Patent Databases
How Information Is Entered Into the Database
Understanding Keyword Searching
What You Need to Search Patent Databases
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 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
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
G Glossary
Appendixes
Reference Collection of U.S. Patents Available for Public Use in Patent and Trademark Resource Centers
Forms
Index

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