by Brian Gray
Last Updated Jun 23, 2021
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Patents & Trademarks
A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
In the U.S., patents and trademarks are issued by the USPTO. U.S. patents are effective only within the U.S, U.S. territories, and U.S. possessions. Each country has its own granting institution. At the international level, the licensing process is facilitated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Many times, patents refer to objects that you may not know the term for it. That is why it is important to think of how the invention works, what is affected and how it is achieved and come up with a list of keywords to use when searching.
Execute a search in Google Patents.
* To retrieve only granted patents select Grant under Status option in the left menu.
* For more current patents, use the Date filter to select Publication and type in the time period.
* Click on the patent title to access the fultext and information about its status.