In Louisiana there are a variety of patent search resources available. If you contact a Louisiana patent attorney he or she will be able to procure a professional search on your behalf. However there are a number of free search tools available through the internet and locally.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent search
- United States Patent and Trademark Office patent publication search
- World Intellectual Property Organization patent search
- Google Patent Search
- Google Scholar Search
- LSU Patent and Trademark Depository Library (Middleton Library on Louisiana State University main campus)
Each of these search tools has a unique set of features and drawbacks. One of the search tools that has the greatest ability to return quality results for the novice searcher is Google’s patent search. While Google’s patent search in many respects is not as powerful as traditional Boolean search tools it more than makes up for that disadvantage by being very easy to use and because it ranks results by relevance. Ranking results is extremely important to the novice searcher who is less familiar with techniques that narrow the number of results to a manageable list.