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Google Patent Search Released  (View post)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, December 14, 2006
16 years ago5,340 views

This is a very nice new product. It is cool to see Google just lift the code from the Book Search to implement here. It works well (and because of the copyright thing – better than book search).

Second * should be **.

Alfred Chew [PersonRank 0]

16 years ago #

Thanks for the resources. Now we have a new avenue to check on patents before seeking professional advise.

Luca [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

ohh finally... the uspat search was terrible slow to use... (and with all huge Tiff images)

Oradzuza [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #

Looking at all the google patents is fun. I found "Voice interface for a search engine" at

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Search Engine Land has a excellent overview and Bill Slawski also points out some interesting facts in a postscript.

Also, as the FAQ points out, the US Patent Published Application database is not included in this product (at least at this time according to the FAQ). This database offers applications for patents before they are or are not awarded. It's here, btw:

Finally, we've compiled links to a few other patent dbases (free). You'll find both tools that offer RSS feeds, new patent browsing, and non-US patents.

For example, esp[put at-character here]cenet
contains info about, "60 million patent applications and patents, currently from 76 countries." You can even store your results.

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Excellent fun, and a great way to see what companies have been up to – including Google! Like Oradzuza has done, using the inassignee operator is a great way to see what they've been doing.

I've also spotted a couple of applications that look like the plans for Coop and Google Base, (hint: social is in the future!) more details on my blog post:

Scott [PersonRank 0]

16 years ago #

Interesting new search.

Like most things that Google has their hand in, any downside to giving google the keywords/ideas that a serious inventor might be pondering? Any potential release or use of the lists of keywords that people are using to check things out?

I've heard of several invention submission services that go and patent ideas for their own company and screw the original inventor unless they pay up.

While I know that Google is the, lol, 'do no evil' company...

Some people are already freaked out a bit about Google analytics in relation to Adwords despite the reassurances from Google.

seav [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #

This is an excellent service! it will make searching for patents in my work much much easier. USPTO's search is too slow. I also like how Google arranged the various sections of the patents. The claims are prominently shown on the top-right side and it's definitely much easier to browse images. I'll definitely be using this. :-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

> Like most things that Google has their hand in,
> any downside to giving google the keywords/ideas
> that a serious inventor might be pondering?

If Google is evil, yes. If Google is good, no. Whether or not they are I guess we all need to make up our minds. I certainly discuss more revealing things in Gmail already than I would hand out to a search box... so if they're evil, they could probably just search for "i have an idea" and go through the emails of people.

My guess though is that this isn't an idea of morals to begin with, because:

- as soon as you follow the competition instead of honing your own creativity, you've already lost. You've become Microsoft, and look where MS is in the search wars! Always a step behind.

- it's much more work to mine all-that-data for gems, compared to simply "mining" the brains of several thousand Google employees. The biggest problem in mining this data for gems is to decide what's a gem to begin with, and this takes brilliant minds... and those brilliant minds might as well come up with their own ideas. (Think about it: in the beginning Larry Page and Sergey Brin tried desperately to get something interested in the idea of PageRank, but no one cared! No one actually saw the gem even when they were listening to a pitch trying to *convince* them it's a gem!)

- the potential scandal when this thing (abuse of private data for selfish reasons) would ever be known lets the potential benefit of getting some good product ideas out of it completely fade in comparison. Let's face it, if a "Google heavily abused our data!" scandal ever surfaces, Google, by losing user trust on a big scale, would suffer the biggests setback they could possibly face, even if you just look at it from a business perspective.

Giovanni [PersonRank 0]

16 years ago #

there is also the pagerank patent:


Ryan Govostes [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #

Turn on ClearType :-)

TK [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #


First Ten Patents in US

"So today I'm reading the latest news from Google Blogoscoped in Google Reader and I see they've released a Patent search."

Thanks for the great new toy!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

From Manoj Nahar comes this "Google Set"...

... but no, despite Google Patent's search OCR calling this "Google Set X Whiard L", it's actually a "Goggle Set" from 1937.

kenyg [PersonRank 0]

16 years ago #

it's not perfect though -

search Xerox as the assignee on the USPTO site, and it will return roughly 18,000 results (which is accurate)

search Xerox as the assignee on Google patent search and you find 1200 patents.

Still some work to be done. By far the best free patent search that I know of is the European Patent Office –

mc [PersonRank 3]

16 years ago #

Ryan – "Turn on cleartype"

They cant do that because of this:


Bill G [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #

You can also use Google to search for US Apps, select foreign publications, and non patent prior art via a Google Co-op search engine named PatentScourge.

Brian M. [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

I think CHAULES P. GOOGLE should sue...for something :)

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