Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library, Second Edition

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9780873375542: Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library, Second Edition

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.

Inventors, use this book to:
verify the patent status of an idea
search Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries
use online patent search services

With David Hitchcock's new book, Patent Searching Made Easy, you can learn to do patent searches yourself, on the Internet, at little or no cost.

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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

About the Author:

David Hitchcock is a physicist and engineer who has worked as a computer consultant on such diverse projects as the MX missile, the Milstar satellite program and advanced capability torpedoes. He has focused on patent searching and new technology for a number of years. Author of a training video on patent searching over the Internet, Mr. Hitchcock has also given presentations on the subject to inventor groups. Mr. Hitchcock is the inventor of the Home Fire Shield TM, a device to protect homes from wildfires. He is currently working to bring this product to market.

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