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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Learn Practical Patent Analysis: A Case Study (Installment 2)

Patent data is almost universally messy. To the uninitiated it can be complicated and unclear which patents are related, let alone important. When dealing with large numbers of patent documents, it can be helpful to know how to thin the heard and focus in on what is most important to you or your client. In this post I’ll teach you how to clean the data by removing family duplicates in preparation to determine the most relevant classifications when dealing with a patent analysis project.
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