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Thursday, 23rd July 2015

Google Updates Patent Search Engine

By Africa S. Hands

From TechCrunch:

The first of these is a single search interface, where Google will integrate both searches for patents as well as prior art — the latter being one of the main ways that people will search for whether an idea has been patented or represented before. While many patent searches (including on the USPTO’s own site) require people to know how to “read” patents to create the right search string to find what they are looking for. Google has instead divided up the process into different fields that are more like those that a user might come across in advanced searches on other sites.

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Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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