Posted December 14, 2006 7:35 pm by with 1 comment

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Patent searching has always been a pain, but Google’s hoping to make it a little easier with their Google Patent Search.

According to ZDNet, the service…

…is designed to sift through the approximately 7 million U.S. patents by a variety of parameters including filing date, issue date, patent number and inventor.

It’s not exactly at full speed yet, as Google’s still working on some functionality.

…software engineers are still working on functions that allow patent searchers to easily save and print the patent information that they look up…In addition, Google’s site does not currently include patent applications, international patents, or U.S. patents issued since mid-2006.

Who knew that lipstick was patented?

  • On this one especially, the promise (and the press release) are far ahead of the reality.

    As Bill explains at , this service is nowhere near ready for “prime time.” In fact, it would be risky and dangerous for anyone seriously involved in the patent/invention field to rely on it.

    Patents are one place where you most definately don’t want Google filtering out results.