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USPTO and Google Make Online Patent Research Easier — and Free

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Searching for patent and trademark information online just got a lot easier — and less expensive too.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has agreed to make available nearly 10 terabytes of data that had previously been off limits, restricted, or available only through paying fees, free online through a search feature at Google Books.

While some patent and trademark information has been available online for many years through various sources, this new partnership between the USPTO and Google will allow data seekers to delve deeper into their research, compare and contrast all kinds of patents that relate to their proposed patent, track trends, and more.

The initiative is reportedly part of the Obama administration’s efforts to make government more transparent.

“An important element of that transparency is making valuable public patent and trademark information more widely available in a bulk form so companies and researchers can download it for analysis and research,” said Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “Because the USPTO does not currently have the technical capability to offer the data in bulk form from our own Web site, we have teamed with Google to provide the data in a way that is convenient and at no cost for those who desire it.”

According to a press release, under the new agreement with Google, information seekers will be able find the following data:

  • Patent grants and published applications
  • Trademark applications
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings
  • Patent classification information
  • Patent maintenance fee events
  • Patent and Trademark assignments

And the partnership between the USPTO and Google isn’t expected to end here; there are also plans for making additional data available, “including patent and trademark file histories and related data.”

Remember when you’re ready to protect your work through a patent or trademark, LegalZoom can help.

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June 14th, 2010 at 11:37 am