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A patent search is most often the first step in achieving different objectives, some of which are: Determining the probability of having a patent granted to a proposed invention Determining if you have the freedom to operate Determining if a granted patent can be invalidated Based on the objective, the search strategy can vary to some extent. Also, in ...


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As far as I know, Google updates their database every other month and the data they input in their database are a couple of months late. It is still best that you search for patents in the USPTO or in other patent databases that are more regularly updated than Google patents.


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You can either use keywords for filtering, or something better, use the patent classifications systems put in place by different patent offices. Based on the technical details of the invention, the patent examiners classify each patent application according to a hierarchical classification system; each examiner may assign one or more classification codes to ...


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How good is your Japanese? This method only works using the Japanese portal for J-PlatPat. The English one omits the key link. Search for the patent using J-PlatPat. The three important fields are 特許出願番号 (for patent application numbers), 公開・公表特許公報(A) (for publication numbers) and 特許公報・公告特許広報(B) (for patent numbers). Click on the publication or ...


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The lens has a search machine for sequences plus some analytics tools at lens.org/lens/bio


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Search for assignment of patents and patent applications in the USPTO assignments database. The first assignor is usually the inventor (a human being), and the first assignee is whoever owns the patent (usually a corporation). Searching for an Assignee Name of IAC yielded dozens of hits, mostly for IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC. based in Oakland Ca, and one ...


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Here's how to get a direct link to a PDF document given a patent number. The patent number is split into three sections: Group A, digits 0-2 (using an 8 digit number, often digit 0 will be a 0 for <10m patent numbers) Group B, digits 3-5 Group C, digits 6-7 So patent 9876543 will be grouped as A(098) B(765) C(43). The URL is the following, with (A), (B), ...


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To create short URLs to the pdf files of a given patent, this construct works for me (for 00000000 enter the patent number, older ones require leading 0): Full Doc - http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=00000000 Front Pg - http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?docid=00000000&SectionNum=1 Drawings - http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?docid=00000000&...


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For what it's worth (and, may not be what you're looking for) US published applications are also available at the European Patent Organisation's Espacenet website. These links are a little easier to parse and construct, for example http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?CC=US&NR=2014123456A1&KC=A1&FT=D Here, CC= country code,...


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There are vast method to cover all patents filed by inventor, It depends on indexing of database, truncation or errors made while filing or indexing, language etc. A person has to design various keywords to cover all possibilities. Still researcher may not get complete information if patent office is not included in searchable database. To search inventor ...


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If you would like to do a patent search, there are several free sites available. This answer describes my approach to searching and has links to some sites so you should read that first. Also, you should review this answer which will educate you on the patent system: Is this patent valid? Granted? Which countries does it cover? Are there family members?. ...


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Starting point for you is to see all the brochures, investor reports, annual reports and website of said company for relevant patent numbers. if you find them its good if not then you switch to patent search websites. You have to check both utility patents and design patents if related integrated circuits too. the way to search will be searching by ...


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The search tool I always used was www.freepatentsonline.com. I'll go through the searches I tried. Searching for "bale" When I search all documents dated between 1840 and 1895, I only find 5 that mention baling, bale, or baler. All 5 documents name Peter Dederick of Loudonville, New York. Here is a sample of these docs. Searching for "John E. French" ...


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For reasons no one can explain, Google provides two different sites for viewing patents www.google.com/patents and patents.google.com. Only patents.google.com reliably shows patent figures. I would suggest, however, that you seriously consider using The Lens for patent searching. Here is US9476133 on The Lens. You'll find the entire PDF with figures. The ...


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There is not a hard requirement to include page numbers and current paranoid practice says to not include page numbers. It it turns out that something on a page that was not enumerated has something very relevant you can be accused of intentionally misleading the examiner.


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Google patents offers many ways to narrow a search. You might start with google patents advanced. It also has an "about" section. You can limit a search by country, status, just look in title, etc. Below is an excerpt from that information. Although google patents is usually used in a more simple way it does have Boolean capabilities and even now supports ...


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I can't give you specific legal advice because I'm not a lawyer and because I do not know the specifics of the situation. Just because someone has a product does not mean it is patented. Foosball tables have been around for many, many years. Any original patents that might have existed are assuredly expired by now. This is one reason why there are so many ...


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To put the contents of your application into the prior art for other’s future applications as early as possible, you could publish or publicly disclose the contents the day after you file. That isn’t wise because there may be some reason your application doesn’t get the priority date you expected. The other limit is 18 months after the earliest claimed ...


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I think the rational for doing a prior art search is that it is expensive to hire a lawyer to draft and file patent applications so if there is some killer prior art you are better of knowing about it. Additionally if there is some close prior art, you may be better off acknowledging it and pointing out in the application why your invention is patentable ...


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At the point of applying it would a patent examiner or searcher employed by the patent office not a court. If it ever gets to court the court does no searching but the other party certainly does. I recommend searches for several reasons. (1) Paying a professional to draft and file an application could be between $6k and $20k. A professional searcher will ...


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Personally, I find problems with Google Patents not finding all the relevant patents when I search. It is, however handy for finding an individual patent quickly. I prefer The Lens which I find more full featured, especially if you register (free). Ultimately, if you want detailed file histories, there is no substitute for individual country databases like ...


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Can parties invalidate patents of their competitors without showing concerns related to infringement or product development for the similar technologies? If you want to invalidate a patent, you can do so either through the Patent Trial and Appeal Board or through a federal district court. There are basically 3 options: Post Grant Review -- available up ...


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Does every patent invalidity search is conducted to overcome the threat of infringement suits imposed by their competitors? The purpose of the invalidity search is to evaluate the validity and enforceability of a patent’s claims and reaffirm a protection from future litigation's. It is also done to protect future interests, suppose a company is in a ...


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If the independent claim/s are obvious, they are the ones that need defending or narrowing before you get to the dependent claims. References cited as prior art can be attacked as not being enabled but (at least in the U.S.) granted U.S. patents are given a strong resumption of enablement. Also, even if a reference is not enabled across its whole scope, we ...


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This is the kind of thing that commercial IP databases do well. The assignment information is available from the various national patent offices. The commercial concerns cross reference all of the assignments with data from state/national corporate registration databases to ensure that these are all found. The process is, I expect, rather intensive and so ...


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For the US equivalent patent application US20090010907A1, the current status is: "Abandoned -- Failure to Respond to an Office Action" as of 03-07-2013. I found this information at the US Public Pair site. The European application equivalent is EP1833966A2. According to Espacenet that application's status is: "DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN" with an effective date ...


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While the USPTO allows searching old patents only by patent number and classification, espacenet allows searches by inventors and/or keywords (title). I tried finding the patent in question searching for "French" as inventor between 01/01/1800 and 01/01/1900 and skimmed through the list, but couldn't find it. If you want to look more thoroughly, here's the ...


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Can I patent the same idea with my own methodology? You can obtain a patent incorporating the same idea as long as your own methodology is a non-obvious improvement over the prior art (including but not limited to that specific competitor's patent). The claims will have to include some of the methodology details to render them non-obvious. Is it illegal ...


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According to the CPC classification, which is used by the EPO and USPTO, you may find groups of classification that fits into lifesciences, namely the group C (Chemestry). There is no specific classification for lifesciences. Thus you have to filter what groups apply. Then you may use Esp@cenet, the biggest world repository of patent publications, and then ...


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I think any of the usual patent search sites may be able to help with this. I particularly like The Lens, but patents.google.com or www.freepatentsonline.com/search.html would do as well. The secret is to use classification codes to define the field of search. Here are links for US and international codes. Classification codes are complex and generally more ...


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