In this way, Google Patents is a useful tool. It’s nothing more than a Google-designed search engine dedicated to patent queries. It indexes patents and patent applications (not yet granted) from a variety of sources, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) (European Patent Office).
These facts come from the official databases of the USPTO and the EPO. www.google.com/patents is the URL for the Google patents page.The Google patent search tool was launched on December 14, 2006, and it quickly became quite popular. Google Patents allows users to search both the USPTO and the EPO full-text databases. This aided inventors in obtaining and identifying the most valuable patents. It also assists consumers with trademark, patent, and copyright information, as well as a ranking of patent results based on relevancy and for a given search query.
Pros vs Cons of a Google Patent Search
We’ll go over some of the benefits and drawbacks of using Google Patent Search
Advantages: Quick searches are available because of the relevancy ranking algorithm. The Google patent search interface is simple and easy to use. It’s easy to look up CPC (Cooperative Patent Classification) codes here.
The date can be used to fine-tune the search results. They are also ranked according to their usefulness.
It recognizes PDF, picture, and citation results. If the documents contain expressions that are close to one another, proximity operators can be utilized to boost the score.
It also searches for Google Books, Google Scholar, and the rest of the Web at the same time; and, unlike search results from other free databases, Google patents database results are presented in a straightforward and user-friendly manner. In other databases, a user must click a many links and open a large number of tabs. The Google patents database, on the other hand, makes information readily available to the user through its user-friendly design.
Disadvantages: Google Patents’ indexing system isn’t ideal. Some of the patent information has scanning flaws; On this platform, there are frequently uploading delays. The most current patents aren’t in the Google patents database.
It usually only contains the first version of a patent and does not include the ‘multiple highlights’ function. This means that it can only highlight one term at a time.
Here's How To Do a Patent Search
Searching for patents on Google Patents is fairly similar to searching on Google. A search bar, similar to that seen in Google, is provided for users on Google patents. The user can use the search field to input a patent publication number, a technology, or a specific topic in which he or she wants to look for patents that have been received or applied for since then.
Following these procedures, you can use Google’s patent search’s ‘simple search option. Google’s patents page may be found at patents.google.com.The interface that appears is as follows.
The ‘Simple Search’ interface is what it’s called, type the publication number of any patent application in the search bar. Alternatively, you can conduct a broad search on any technology.
Select the recommendation that appears. The information concerning the patent publication, from the filing date through legal claims that have occurred during the patent publishing timeline, will be displayed on the subsequent page.
If you don’t know the patent publication number, you can use the search bar to enter your topic of interest or the applicable technology To continue, simply click on the ideas. In this situation, Google Patents will show you a list of patents that are related to your search.
Type “secure testing equipment” into the Google patents search box, for example, if you wish to look for patents on this topic. You can now glance through the results and get the information you need.
Advanced Patents Search
On the Google patents interface, click the link patents.google.com/advanced to access the Google patents advanced search feature. A variety of search fields have been included to assist you in finding the patent applications you’re looking for. We’ll go over how to use these fields for various types of searches –
'Search Terms'—In the space provided, type in all of the keywords.
‘Before priority, publication, or filing’ – You can enter the priority date, publication date, or filing date of any patent in this area. It enables you to look for papers that have been published, filed, or have a priority date before a specific date. This functionality can be used for invalidity searches to locate papers that were published before a certain date.
‘Assignee’– Here you can search for patents submitted by a specific company or person using Google. This tool allows you to keep track of a company’s or individual’s patent filing activities.’After priority/publication/filing’ enables you to look for patent documents that have been published, filed, or have a priority date after a specific date.
‘Patent office’ – This is where you can look for patents in certain jurisdictions. You may search patent documents from 23 jurisdictions across the world with Google Patents advanced search (in countries such as the USA, China, Japan, Europe, WIPO, South Korea, The United Kingdom, and so on)
‘Inventor’– This tab allows you to look for patents filed by a specific inventor. You can use this tool to keep track of an inventor’s patent filing activities.
‘Filing Status’ – Check the status of certain patent applications here.’Patent Type’- You can run a Google patent search for utility or design patents in this field. You can use this field to search patent documents based on a specific CPC.
Citing Patent’ enables you to look for patent documents for which just one document was cited throughout the examination. It allows you to search for patent documents in 14 different languages using the ‘Language’ option.