Google for Searching…….. Patents?

By at 19 December, 2006, 11:01 am

Google continues to expand the services it offers on the Internet to now include patent searches with the release of the Google Patent Search tool (Beta) . For those lawyers who are confronted with issues regarding to patents, this new tool may prove to be a boon to improving efficiency and improved usability when trying to find information. According to the "About Google Patent Search" page:

 As part of Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, we’re constantly working to expand the diversity of content we make available to our users. With Google Patent Search, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you.

Internet users can now easily search the entire US Patent and Trademark Office image database which Google has converted using the same technology it has used in its Google Book Search.  As with other Google search tools, there is a Basic and Advanced Patent Search option; the Advanced Patent Search provides the ability to search by Patent Number, Inventor Name, Assignee, current US Classification Number, International Classification, Issue Date and Filing Date.

As a test, I decided to search Google Patent to see if I could locate information on several patents held by my father-in-law, James Muehlenbein, and his company Novel Products, Inc.  which provides quality fitness testing, therapy and health education products.

The first step was to go to Advanced Patent Search and enter my father-in-law's name is shown in the screenshot. (Click on image to enlarge)

 

 

The search returned the following results page which listed my father-in-law's patents. (Click on image to enlarge)

Clicking on one of these results takes you to the patent page shown here which is for measurement device used in calculating body fat percentages.  (Click on image to enlarge)

 

 As you can see from the above image, the patent page provides information on different aspects of the patent including the Abstract, Drawing, Description and Claims of each patent with links to each section as well as a link to the patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

When searching on his name failed to turn up all the patents that I knew his company held, I then resorted to searching on descriptive terms and found several others.

One notice of some importance is according to the Google blog, is that the ability to save and print is still being worked on by the company.

For the layperson and attorneys who are seeking general information, Google Patent Search should prove to be very handy and easy to use tool.

For additional information you can check out the following posts and articles:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/12/now-you-can-search-for-us-patents.html

http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/12/14/HNgooglesearchespatents_1.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,128203-c,google/article.html

 

 

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Bonnie Shucha December 19, 2006

Nerino,

Check out the script I mentioned in WisBlawg for printing from Google Patent search.
http://law.wisc.edu/blogs/wisblawg/2006/12/google_offers_us_patent_search.html

Bonnie

Nerino Petro December 28, 2006

Great tool Bonnie, thanks as usual!

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