What are patent searches?

What are patent searches?

A patent search is a search of issued patents and published patent applications for inventions that might be considered important “prior art” references when applying for a patent. The prior art is anything in the public domain, patented or not patented, that may determine whether an invention is novel or not.

What is the best way to search for a patent?

Start at uspto.gov/patft. Next, under the heading Related USPTO Services, click on Tools to Help Searching by Patent Classification. You can now start searching. Patent searches may also be done at google.com/patents and at a number of other free sites.

What are the six steps to patent search?

  1. STEP 1: Understand What a Patent Search is and What it is Not. It’s important to know what your goals are going into a patent search.
  2. STEP 2: Invention Disclosure.
  3. STEP 4: Begin Searching Broadly.
  4. STEP 5: Classification Searching: Determine Invention Classification(s)
  5. Step 6: Non-Google Searches.

What is Uspto?

United States Patent and Trademark Office.

What are the four types of patents?

There are four different patent types:

  • Utility patent. This is what most people think of when they think about a patent.
  • Provisional patent.
  • Design patent.
  • Plant patent.

What is patent and its types?

The three types of patents are utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Utility patents are issued for inventions that are novel and useful. Design patents protect the design or image of a product. Plant patents are issued to applicants for plants that can reproduce.

What is USPTO?

How do I do a USPTO patent search?

Patent Public Search. USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT) USPTO Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT) Global Dossier….Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs)

  1. Visit the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program.
  2. Find your nearest PTRC.
  3. 7 Steps to Searching at a PTRC.

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