Introduction to patent searching


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  • The Intellectual Property Clause – neither the word patent nor the work copyright appearsA limited monopoly
  • Patent drafting is an exercise in obfuscationPatents expire, trade secrets are forever
  • A design patent protects the “ornamental design of a functional item
  • The US published its first patent application on March 15, 2001
  • GSECTION G — PHYSICSG06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTINGG06KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLINGRECORD CARRIERS (printing per seB41J )G06K 19/00Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markingsG06K 19/06· characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code
  • A design patent protects the “ornamental design of a functional item.” 311 F.3d 796AM GENERAL CORPORATION and General Motors Corporation, Plaintiffs-Appellees,v.DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION, Defendant-Appellant.No. 02-1816.United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.Argued October 16, 2002.Decided November 18, 2002.
  • In the beginning...The Intellectual Property Network (as it was then called) was an initiative within IBM. In 1997, in response to the growing needs of individuals, organizations, and governments for more efficient methods of exploring intellectual property information, IBM made the network available to the public via the Internet.
  • Introduction to patent searching

    1. 1. Heather J. E. Simmons, JD, MLS 17 September 2012
    2. 2. Intellectual PropertyTo promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries U. S. CONST. art. I, § 8
    3. 3. Intellectual Property Copyrights Trademarks Patents Trade Secrets
    4. 4. Types of Patents  The United States issues two types of patents  Utility Patents  the invention of a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter  Design Patents  a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture
    5. 5. Patent Numbers Utility patent numbers have three parts  Country Code (WIPO)  Number (may or may not include a year)  Kind Code  Every country uses different alphanumeric kind codes to designate each stage of filing Examples  US7,748,634 B1  US20100256836 A1  USD424992
    6. 6. Utility Patent
    7. 7. Design Patent
    8. 8. USPTO Search Engine
    9. 9. AN/”general motors”
    10. 10. Fee v FreeWhy would you pay to subscribe to a service when USPTO and Google do it for free?  Global Coverage  Value-added features  Corporate Trees  Patent Families  Enhanced Titles and Abstracts  Additional Classification Systems