Google Chrome Highlighting Solution: Find Many Strings

Here at the Intellogist Blog, we are continually intrigued by the pursuit of the best possible prior art searching setup. Part of this setup is determining the best tools to help one’s self accomplish your goal of finding the best prior art, something our parent company Landon IP takes very seriously when doing searches for our clients.

Part of this is finding the best browser for patent searching. A continuation of that pursuit is modifying said browser. Among other options, users can modify their browsers with toolbars (including toolbars for IP professionals) or seek other add-ons or extensions.

One of the most dramatic ways to improve a prior art searcher’s experience is to incorporate keyword highlighting. From the very beginning, we’ve touted highlighting as a way to improve search and found a way to implement more highlighting options. Unfortunately, the add-on highlighted in the previously linked post, Google Toolbar, is no longer supported in the newer versions of Firefox. Additionally, the highlighting within Google Chrome only supports one highlighted keyword at a time.

So, what’s a prior art searcher to do? Find a solution, that’s what! Today I’ll profile a Google Chrome Extension called “Find Many Strings.” This tool presents yet another option in the ever expanding array of search environment personalizations.

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Microsoft Academic Search: An Introduction

Microsoft Academic Search is an intriguing search system from (you guessed it) Microsoft that allows users to (you guessed it) search academic literature. The most obvious comparison is to Google Scholar search engine, but there are several differences between the two that we’ll get to later on.

Microsoft has taken Google head on before in the search realm with their Bing search engine. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Bing has been a huge money loser and has seen market share growth slow recently as well. However, the academic/non-patent search sphere isn’t singularly dominated by Google (unlike the broad search market), and Microsoft could well see success if they play their cards correctly.

Is Microsoft Academic Search worthy of a spot in your prior art searching tool belt? Which features are available in the current Beta state and which are yet to come? At Intellogist®, we love looking to the future on searching and prior art issues such as this, so this was a treat to check out. The expert patent searchers at Landon IP, our parent company, are always looking for the latest tool to add to their arsenal–could Microsoft Academic Search be that tool?

Read on as we profile Microsoft Academic Search as it is today and look forward to the promises it holds!

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Free PDF Search Tools: How do they stack up?

Patent databases are the main tool in a patent searcher‘s arsenal for locating relevant prior art, but useful prior art can also be found in many types of of non-patent literature (NPL).  NPL can range from scholarly or technical literature, like peer-reviewed journal articles or technical reports, to unexpected resources, like manuals or brochures.  An interesting blog post over at Article One Partners Blog,  “Top 5: Unexpected Places to Find Prior Art,” describes how relevant prior art can appear in “old text books,”  “non-digitized photos and figures,” or “data tables from old research magazines and text books.”  Searchers either need to visit stone-and-mortar libraries to locate non-digital NPL, or they can use digital resources, like Intellogist’s Resource Finder, to locate online sources of NPL.

So, what if you want to find NPL in printable document format (PDF)?  In the past few weeks, I’ve seen a bit of buzz about two PDF search websites, CopyPDF.com and FreeFullPDF.com.  In the following post, I’ll let you know about the pros and cons of the sites, and how each website can help you find NPL!

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