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Intellogist Patent Search Info

A new website has debuted on the art of searching for patents.  The site is called Intellogist and is located here: http://www.intellogist.com/wiki/Main_Page You can register for free and use the patent search comparison function to compare different patent search engines side-by-side.  You can also learn about best practices in prior art searches.  These folks also … Continue reading

Cool Sites 7/3/08

Hope you find some of these sites and tools useful… TRAIL – Technical Report Archive and Image Library – a new initiative sponsored by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), to digitize and provide free access to federal technical reports prior to 1975.  The PDFs currently available on … Continue reading

Google Patents now allows PDF downloads

I just noticed this morning that Google Patents now has a “Download PDF” button (see example here) located right under the “Read this Patent” in their records for every U.S. patent.  So you no longer need the Pat2PDF site to convert patents to PDF’s for you.  This “Download PDF” function seems to work great – … Continue reading

U.S. Patent Office Speeds Up Patent Process

From ThomasNet.com Industrial Market Trends Blog: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has instituted an “Accelerated Patent” process, which is supposed to take less than six months. You can access their Guidelines page here. A patent application can be advanced ahead of others filed at the same time or later if the inventor files a … Continue reading

Convert Patents to PDF

Whooeee!  First, Google Patents gave us the painless, rapid-fire way to search patents.  Now a site called PAT2PDF will fetch and convert a patent that you have the patent number for to PDF format for easy downloading and printing. Give it a try with the following patent number 1379236.  This finally makes downloading and/or printing … Continue reading

Can One Patent a Natural Law or Phenomenon?

This from the December 1, 2006 issue of Science Magazine – the “Science and Law” column (p.1395-1396): An article entitled “When Patents Threaten Science” by Lori Andrews, Jordan Paradise, Timothy Holbrook discusses how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has, in recent years, begun issuing patents for what appear to be basic scientific facts which … Continue reading

Google Patents Has Arrived!!

The answer to all most of my prayers has arrived in the form of Google’s Patent Search. (http://www.google.com/patents) Probably the most important function of the Google patent search (in which all of the USPTO’s images have been converted to be easily readable via your web browser) is that it makes the images fully readable immediately … Continue reading

WMU Technology Transfer in the News

The Kalamazoo Gazette published an article discussing Western’s new technology transfer office.  The article by Paula M. Davis is entitled “From Lab to Marketplace WMU Focuses on Turning Research into a Money-Maker” and was published in the Monday, November 27, 2006 issue. The article discusses how more and more professors at WMU are exploring the … Continue reading

Patents in Civil Engineering

Speaking of patents, there was a great article on the value of patents in encouraging creativity in civil engineering in the June 2006 issue of Civil Engineering, the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The article is entitled “Using Patents to Advance the Civil Engineering Profession.” and is by Christopher A. Rothe, J.D. … Continue reading

Viewing Patent Images

Recently I’ve been having trouble viewing patent images on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website. This is particularly galling because most students and faculty don’t want to just read the full text of the patents, but also want to view the figures and drawings. For those of you who haven’t done much viewing of … Continue reading

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