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Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet & in the Library [Paperback]

David Hitchcock
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May 7, 2009 1413310362 978-1413310368 5
Inventor? Find out if you're the first to file a patent, online and in the library. 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.

In Patent Searching Made Easy, find the plain-English information you need to:

  • verify the patent status of an idea
  • search Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries
  • use online patent search services

    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.

    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:

  • 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 microfiche searches at PTDLs
  • search fee-based patent databases on the Internet
  • search international patent offices
  • do advanced searches at the PTO and PTDL

    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?"


  • Editorial Reviews

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    A word of caution before trying a search at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website -- first read Patent Searching Made Easy. (Jim Wilson Popular Mechanics 2009-01-01)

    Following the instructions in this book...will help you reduce the risk inherent in developing your inventions. (George H. Morgan, Patent Agent of Morgan and Associates 2008-02-08)

    With patent searches costing anywhere from $300 to $700, this book should be a valuable aid to most inventors. (Entrepreneur 2008-03-08)

    This book thoroughly explains how to search for previously issued U.S. patents, using resources available on the Internet and at PTDLs.... The explanations are helpful for both computer expert and newbie. (Booklist 2008-02-08)

    For more easy-to-understand information on patents, Nolo, based in Berkeley, Calif., publishes a variety of excellent self-help legal books. (Jane Applegate Austin Business Journal 2009-01-01)

    This book thoroughly explains how to search for previously issued U.S. patents, using resources available on the Internet and at PTDLs.... The explanations are helpful for both computer expert and newbie. (Booklist 2009-01-01)

    Today you can find many patent-searching resources online, and David Hitchcock's Patent Searching Made Easy details how to make the best use of them. Hitchcock covers search strategies and gives specific search tips for the two key patent sites, PTO and IBM, and for international online offices. (Keri Hayes Troutman ComputerCurrents 2009-01-01)

    With patent searches costing anywhere from $300 to $700, this book should be a valuable aid to most inventors. (Entrepreneur 2009-01-01)

    Following the instructions in this book...will help you reduce the risk inherent in developing your inventions. (George H. Morgan Morgan and Associates 2009-01-01)

    From the Publisher

    A physicist, engineer, and patent searching expert, 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.

    Patent Searching Made Easy also shows you how to:
    prepare for online searches with the right hardware, software and computer skills
    access online patent searching resources
    narrow online searches with key words and Boolean logic
    perform database searches at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs)
    do microfiche searches at PTDLs
    search fee-based patent databases on the Internet
    search international patent offices
    do advanced searches at the PTO and PTDL

    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 Am I the First?

    "This book thoroughly explains how to search for previously issued U.S. patents, using resources available on the Internet and at PTDLs...The explanations are helpful for both computer expert and newbie." - Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


    Product Details

    • Series: Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet & in the Library
    • Paperback: 265 pages
    • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (May 7, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1413310362
    • ISBN-13: 978-1413310368
    • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Patent Search Reference January 13, 2006
    Format:Paperback
    Too often, inventors and business owners plunge ahead with an exciting new idea. They invest large sums of money in research and tooling only to find the idea is already patented or that it cannot be patented because it is actually not a new idea. The solution for avoiding this waste of time and money is a preliminary patent search. By using this book, you can rapidly learn how to tap into the remarkable facilities that are available today and find a quick and low cost answer to the question of whether to go ahead or abandon an idea.

    The amazing beauty of some of these information sources is that you can reach them from your home, your desk at work, or at a nearby library. Even if you feel you are computer illiterate, "a dinosaur", you'll find the author's step by step instructions will enable you to find a gold mine of information pertaining to your invention.

    The author starts out with an overview that clarifies the differences between various intellectual properties such as patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. He notes it is important to overcome the common misconception that patent owners can count on law enforcement agencies to defend their patents. The government will not. A patent is not a defensive legal right, but rather an offensive legal right. It is you that must sue infringers.

    He then discusses some of the patent searching basic principles and tools. He simply and clearly presents how electronic databases now allow you to extract and examine patent data. He covers the basics, such as keywords, wildcards, and Boolean logic in an easy to understand steps accompanied by pictures that show you exactly how the information will appear on your computer screen.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars New, updated version of an excellent resource January 23, 2006
    Format:Paperback
    With the constant improvement in computer resources available to the inventor who wants to do his own patent searching, an updated version of this fine book is a welcome sight. Observe the dates on reviews of this book to see that those citing a need for an update are old and should be dismissed.

    The patent literature is an excellent resource for researchers or inventors to learn what has been done in their field of endeavor. Professional inventors use the patent literature to spark their own ideas. Surprise! -- That is the intended purpose of our patent system -- "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts...." Learning how to access this resource is useful to all involved in improving our technology.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding January 24, 2006
    By Ricko
    Format:Paperback
    Mr. Hitchcock's book has made my life a lot easier. All the info you need is right there. I'm sure you could take the time to look some of it up, but there are a lot of techniques and tricks that I never would have thought of. I especially like the Searcher's Secrets that are highlighted throughout the book.

    Then there is the discussion of Usenet as a resource. Most people think that the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Internet are the same things, but that's only because browser programs make it easy to surf the Web. Hitchcock explains how to use the thousands of discussion groups on Usenet to answer specific questions.

    The thing I really like the most is the chapter on the European Patent Office (EPO). If my patent search at the US Patent Office turns up some foreign patents, I can check them out online. There is even a way to translate the text of foreign patents into English for FREE! That little trick has already saved me about 10 times the cost of the book in translation fees.

    Great job!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, but not for professionals !! March 13, 2008
    Format:Paperback
    I read this book, it was pretty nice information. But the information serves nowhere near to the level of information required by a professional patent searcher or analyst. This book does not explain much about theoretical aspects of patent searching and analytics, citations, and types of patent searching and their importance. Overall, this is a good guide-book for a private inventor, but not for a patent professional!!
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