New to patent searching? Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s true – I was once new to patent searching, blithely dumping keywords into Google and saying things like  “IPC code? What’s that?”  Ah, youth.   Fortunately, before turning me loose on the unsuspecting public, some extremely patient search experts worked with me on the major concepts of patent information.

And what is the biggest challenge for a new patent searcher?  In my view, it’s understanding the legal concepts behind the organization of patent information. Let me go through just a few of these ideas on a very basic level.  By the way, I am not a lawyer and none of this post constitutes legal advice.

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Are your patent search strings confidential?

Hello all,

I just wanted to pop in today to highlight a fascinating discussion that is going on in the Intellogist discussion forum.  Our users are discussing the legal implications of using a third party vendor to conduct patent searching.  Specifically, they are discussing who might be looking at your search strings from the other side of the search engine.

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