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Patent Searching Before You Hire a Patent Attorney

25 + Tips focused on Google Patents as the primary search tool so professional patent search experience is not required

1. Google Patents is the easiest search tool, and perhaps the best

If you can do a Google search you can use Google patents. You don’t need to know anything about Boolean searching and you don’t need to know much of anything about patent law. Type in a few key terms and see if your invention is new. Print the document or write down fully identifiable information for the most relevant document your find. (Example: US Pat. No. 1,234,567)

The first step of patent searching:

2. Write out a feature list:

Text searching is the most common form of patent searching. In order to make the most of text searching, you should work from a feature list. Then you can search combinations of features using tools like Google patents. Write down terms and phrases that are important to your invention.

driver's seat, seat warmer, headrest, electric motor, tilting headrest

Zero in on a phrase using quotes like below, but be careful. Using quotes removes all documents without the exact quote.

driver's seat, seat warmer, headrest, "electric motor" tilting headrest
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Patent Search Turning Point

When and How to Make Good Results Great Results
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Patent Results 6 Ways

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Quick Patent Search with Google Patents

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Novelty Search Concepts and Strategy using Google Patents

Several patent search strategies and concepts can improve a novelty search. Below are several that are useful when using Google Patents as the primary search tool.

The Novelty Search

First, what is a novelty search? A novelty search is also known as a prior art search and a patentability search. The novelty search is the search that an inventor would use to determine if an invention was new. These types of searches seek to understand what the prior art teaches.

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Google Patents Glossary

“About” Link – Located at the bottom of the Google patents homepage, Links to the Google Patents overview page describing search rules.

Google Patents About link

Abstract Search – Searches the abstract of documents using the characters “AB=”. (Did not seem to be working properly at the time of writing)

Google Patents abstract search

ADJ/x Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another and in the order specified.

Google Patents ADJ/x operator
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What Do Patent Attorneys Do?/Why Hire A Patent Attorney?

From protecting inventors from loosing potential patent rights to selling helping you sell a hard earned patent, patent attorneys provide many services.

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Patent Links

Patent relevant pages for a variety of purposes

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How to find a Baton Rouge Patent Attorney:

A local attorney can make all the difference.

Baton Rouge?

Baton Rouge is actually a good place to look for a patent lawyer for a few reasons:

  • Baton Rouge has a diverse and qualified group of attorneys.
  • Baton Rouge is one of the more economical cities in the region if you are looking for patent services.
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First Patent Search

The patent process can be expensive. Getting an idea of where you stand before you start spending money can save time and money.

Write down some features

Almost every invention is either a combination of physical features or a combination of steps. That list of features can serve as your earliest rough draft definition of what you invented.