How do you search for patents online?


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A logical way to search for patents online is to use the websites of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization and IP Australia. These websites have search functions that allow users to search for patents globally and regionally.

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As of 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office website has a number of resources for finding U.S. patents. Along with the database search function, it has a 38-minute Web-based tutorial titled "How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A Step by Step Strategy." The site also has outlines that suggest detailed programs for patent searching.

The European Patent Office has 10 online patent databases with over 70 million searchable patent documents. It also offers information on how to apply for a patent, the practice of patent law, and news and issues involving European patents.

The World Intellectual Property Organization website uses the PATENTSCOPE search function, which queries a global database of 43 million patent documents, including published international patent applications. The website also offers intellectual property services and translation.

The IP Australia website gives information on Australian patents and intellectual property laws; it also provides search functions for Australian and international patents.

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