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dpneal [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, January 18, 2007
15 years ago5,105 views

why does google patent search not show this patent?

Varun [PersonRank 3]

15 years ago #

Better, if google add a permanent text on kiosk "From next time, use Google Checkout from home"

milivella [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

This is another strange direction Google could take in the future. (see

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

DPneal, maybe it's just to new? The Google Patent Search FAQ says:

"We don’t currently include ... patents issued over the last few months, but we look forward to expanding our coverage in the future."

It's suboptimal though – often you need a good patent display exactly when the news on the patent breaks, which is often when it's issued right... extracting the TIFFs one by one from the government site was annoying.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

does anyone have a step-by-step tutorial for viewing patent graphics on

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Here's how I did it (and I guess an easier way would be to install some TIFF viewer for Firefox!):

- go to the patent page on, e.g.
- click on "images" (blue button on top)
- click on "drawings" to the left side
- on top, you will now see a notice showing you which pages contain drawings, e.g. 2 – 17
- open the HTML source and search for "tif"
- copy the full URL you will end up at
- paste the URL into an empty HTML, and then change pagenum=N to 2 – 17, using links
- open your self-made HTML page, right-click to download, link after link
- open the TIFFs with a desktop app...

Come to think of it, if I have to do it again I will just write a PHP screenscraper, there's nothing above which can't be automated!

Datrio [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

Looking at the drawings, I can't help but wonder...

...Why the hell do I see IE?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Oh, I see. That's why Firefox says it needs to install a plugin.

I think there's no need to automate the process using a script. Just get the TIFF URL from Page Info / Media and use DownThemAll to get all the images (it supports regexp).

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

<< ...Why the hell do I see IE? >>

The patent was filed on December 29, 2004 – Firefox v1.0 had only just been released the previous month, so IE was probably the best option (especially since they required a browser capable of displaying full screen).

IP [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

For viewing USPTO images.

A) Download the viewer/plugin for IE or Mozilla from here (its free for viewing)
B) Install it
C) Start the program start menu-> innoimage -> interneTIFFN-> innovue
D) Select the Fix File Association
E) you'll have one green box and one red mark the red one and a pop-up will give you details step by step to finish
   (for me it was going to Quicktime to unselect it with TIFF)

Woked great for me


Bill G [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

Just so you guys know, you can also use Google to search for patents by typing in This Google "custom search engine" does not allow for text searching beyond 1970, but does allow you to search recently issued patents, published applications, as well as some foreign publications and non patent prior art.

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