Petapator: Enhancing USPTO Search

The art and science of patent searching can be a very personal subject. Patent analysts often gravitate towards using search systems, browsers, or tools that reflect their sensibilities and needs. This means that two excellent patent analysts might use an altogether different setup and be equally productive.

Today we’ll look at another Google Chrome extension that can help your patent searching abilities: Petapator.

Petapator is a continuation of the Aspator add-on for Firefox by the same author, serving to enhance search on the USPTO website with a number of neat features that can save users time and add to their prior art toolbelt.

Read on as we take a look at Petapator and how it can help you enhance your search on the USPTO website!

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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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The Best Browser for Patent Searching?

After some issues, I’ve recently switched internet browsers from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome. After taking it out for a spin on a patent search, I’m enjoying the changes and subtle improvements. It got me thinking…

What’s the best browser for patent searching?

It’s certainly a matter of opinion to some degree, but hopefully we can look at some features of the three top internet browsers and make you think about switching.

I’m sure you have your own favorites, and we’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

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