Ask Patents is a question and answer site for people interested in improving and participating in the patent system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I basically am trying to achieve a search for patents and/or entities (that own patents) containing some specific keywords. However, I would like to exclude a few entities from the search by using the ANDNOT Boolean condition specifier. Is there a free tool or database available to achieve this purpose?

share|improve this question
Are you looking in US patents? If so the USPTO's search is very Boolean. – George White Jun 13 '13 at 21:02
Searching for what entity owns which patents at this moment in time is almost impossible. The searchable databases have a field for "assignee". That is the entity, if any, that was listed in the face of the patent the day it was issued. It could have been bought and sold 10 times since then. The Recordation of assignments is incomplete and not really searchable. This is a comment rather than an answer because I'm not sure what you are trying to do. – George White Jun 13 '13 at 21:53

Try (and use Google-fu) - as George White commented however, that patent might have been brought and sold several times at your time of search

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.