Print sources offer an excellent introduction to patent searching. Selected print materials located in the Coleman Karesh Law Library collection are listed below.
Patent searching is as much an art as a science. The following list includes some resources which may be helpful in patent searching:
Patent searchers will often start a search by looking up the places where an invention is classified in order to make a more thorough and effective search. At other times, patent searchers will meet with patent examiners in order to obtain a field of search.
"Patents from 1790 through 1975 are searchable only by Issue Date, Patent Number, and Current US Classification." Listed below are some of the primary databases for doing patent searching through the USPTO:
The status of a patent application can be checked through the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) System.
Patent searchers must deal with an enormous range of potentially important information sources. However, many patent search services limit searches to the patent databases. Additional sources of relevant scientific information include trade magazines and university scientific databases.