How Can Patent Searchers Use Pinterest?

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Social media is the new frontier that creative, collaborative patent professionals can use to network within the intellectual property field and learn about new resources for patent searching.  Many free online communities are built around the intellectual property field, such as Intellogist for patent searchers.  Should patent professionals stay encapsulated in their own insular communities, or can we find ways to share our love of patents with the wider world?  Many patent professionals are already using larger social media platforms to share their passion for intellectual property (just look at Intellogist on Twitter), and I propose that we carry that enthusiasm onto another quickly growing social media platform: Pinterest.

Pinterest, an image and link-sharing platform that is quickly growing in popularity, may not be the most likely spot for patent searchers to gather.  I’ve done a bit of searching around Pinterest, though, and I’ve found a few excellent examples of how patent enthusiasts can utilize Pinterest to share their interests in patents and patent searching.  Intellogist has also created its very own Pinboard about free patent search sites.

Read on to learn how patent professionals can begin to create a vibrant community of patent-related Pinboards on Pinterest!

I conducted a quick search for patent-related Pinboards on Pinterest, and here are four great ways that patent enthusiasts have used Pinboards to share their love of patents:

  • Create a Pinboard listing your own patents: If you’re an inventor, then post your granted patents or published patent applications on Pinterest!  Who knows, you may help a prior art searcher who comes across your Pinterest board, or you may find new licensing opportunities.  Example: My Patents
  • Create a Pinboard about patents in a specific technology field or owned by a particular assignee: Most patent searchers specialize in a particular field, so you may already have a list of patents that you’ve come across during past prior art searches that you find interesting.  Or you may just be an Apple enthusiast who wants to create a Pinboard dedicated to Apple patents.  Whatever you’re reasoning, Pinterest is the perfect place to create a shrine to patents on a single topic.  Example: Google Patents: Dress
  • Create a Pinboard about humorous patents: Who doesn’t love funny patents? Example: Hilarious U.S. Patents
  • Create a Pinboard on patent-related news and infographics: We really need to find a place to put all of those infographics on the mobile patent wars. Example: Patents

You can also visit the new Pinterest board by Intellogist, Free Patent Search Sites, which includes screenshots and links to the community and system reports on Intellogist for 25 free patent search sites.  Whether you choose to share patent documents, patent news, infographics, or patent search resources on your Pinboard, I encourage all patent professionals to try out Pinterest and share their love of patents through this growing online community.

Intellogist on Pinterest.

Do you use Pinterest?  Do you have a patent-related Pinboard?  Share your links in the comments!

Patent Information from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.


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