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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