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Patent Genius is the leading patent site offering information on millions of patents. Whether you’re an inventor, a patent attorney or just somebody who is just curious about what patents are out there and who holds which patents we have the information you are looking for. Patent Genius has full text patent descriptions, lists of patents by inventor and companies that hold patents, the ability to view all patents in any class or category, and much more. Patent Genius also features searches by inventor, holder, patent number and patent title.

Patent Genius also features guides for helping you through the patent process including:
Patent Application Process
Patent Approval Process
Selecting a Patent Attorney

Current Patent Genius Counts:
Total Patents: 5,184,584 Total Inventors: 2,826,973 Total Patent Holders: 399,082
 
 
Patents by category
 
Business184,074

Data processing: financial, business practice, management, or cost/price determination

99,144

Education and demonstration

22,549

Electronic funds transfer

3,039
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Chemistry2,264,158

Catalyst, solid sorbent, or support therefor: product or process of making

99,062

Chemistry of carbon compounds

1,811

Chemistry of hydrocarbon compounds

43,210
...more 
 
Clothing, Fashion & Accessories337,172

Apparel

37,932

Apparel and haberdashery

13,459

Apparel apparatus

4,207
...more 
 
Communications1,450,824

Acoustics

22,225

Communications, electrical: acoustic wave systems and devices

22,200

Communications: directive radio wave systems and devices (e.g., radar, radio navigation)

55,771
...more 
 
Construction633,488

Boring or penetrating the earth

27,208

Bridges

3,066

Building units and construction elements

14,388
...more 
 
Electrical & Energy1,971,233

Amplifiers

40,466

Automatic temperature and humidity regulation

9,735

Batteries: thermoelectric and photoelectric

17,990
...more 
 
Engineering491,392

Fluid handling

86,418

Hydraulic and earth engineering

35,535

Semiconductor device manufacturing: process

369,439
...more 
 
Entertainment & Recreation253,731

Amusement devices

4,229

Amusement devices: games

29,737

Amusement devices: games

34,132
...more 
 
Firearms & Weapons56,745

Ammunition and explosive-charge making

1,705

Ammunition and explosives

21,584

Firearms

11,381
...more 
 
Food174,948

Butchering

6,344

Edible products

2,768

Equipment for preparing or serving food or drink not elsewhere specified

18,262
...more 
 
Health & Medicine1,195,514

Dentistry

21,834

Drug, bio-affecting and body treating compositions

254,821

Drug, bio-affecting and body treating compositions

379,514
...more 
 
Household499,021

Baths, closets, sinks, and spittoons

26,038

Beds

36,544

Brush, broom, and mop making

766
...more 
 
Industrial2,014,418

Advancing material of indeterminate length

9,094

Agitating

30,515

Bearings

29,033
...more 
 
Information Technology2,372,626

Coded data generation or conversion

43,884

Computer graphics processing, operator interface processing, and selective visual display systems

165,083

Cryptography

36,445
...more 
 
Material Science2,154,012

Alloys or metallic compositions

20,938

Animal husbandry

21,954

Cleaning and liquid contact with solids

60,441
...more 
 
Optical & Optics751,530

Coherent light generators

54,027

Illumination

127,406

Image analysis

137,447
...more 
 
Packaging & Containers475,993

Article dispensing

19,090

Bottles and jars

21,775

Coin handling

1,665
...more 
 
Paper, Printing & Office Supplies280,892

Binder device releasably engaging aperture or notch of sheet

3,809

Bookbinding: process and apparatus

3,296

Books, strips, and leaves

5,379
...more 
 
Physics860,594

Active solid-state devices (e.g., transistors, solid-state diodes)

775,096

Induced nuclear reactions: processes, systems, and elements

22,318

Nuclear technology

8,477
...more 
 
Plants, Animals & Agriculture201,720

Animal husbandry

6,491

Bee culture

375

Butchering

6,344
...more 
 
Tools & Hardware477,290

Abrading

54,890

Abrasive tool making process, material, or composition

8,210

Adhesive bonding and miscellaneous chemical manufacture

160,115
...more 
 
Transportation & Automotive780,846

Aeronautics

38,244

Brakes

36,026

Buoys, rafts, and aquatic devices

6,309
...more 

There are a number of reasons why you might to do a patent search. For instance, if you think you’ve invented something really cool, you can freely search patent ideas online and find out if your product is patentable or if someone else had your really cool idea first. Some things that may help you with your patent search are some definitions and terms that you may or may not be familiar with, what is and isn’t patentable, and how to get a United States patent.
Patent search Definitions
Even though you are more than likely familiar with some of the following words, they might have slightly different meaning in this context.

  • Patent: right of ownership granted by the government to a person that gives the owner the right to exclude others from making, selling or using the claimed product. Also referred to as trade marks.
  • Product: a new and useful article, machine, composition, or process, devised as a result of someone’s imagination.
  • Patent Applications: a document describing a product in detail, which is to be submitted to a patent office with the aim of obtaining a patent on the product.
  • Reduction to Practice: an in depth description of how the product works, described in concrete terms.
  • Prior Art: the existing or publicly available knowledge available before the date of a product or more than one year prior to the first patent application date.

Types of Patents

There are three main kinds of patents that you can get. Each one differs based on the nature of your product, and are as follows:

Utility - Utility is the most common kind of trade mark and includes any inventions that function in a new and useful manner.

Design - As implied by the name, this type of patent focuses on design rather than function. This type of patent relies on the product’s unique form or appearance.  

Plant - You might not have thought that plants were patentable, but any new varieties of asexually reproduced plants can be patented. A plant breeder can patent different types of dahlias or lilies.


What is Patentable?
Now, let’s take a look at what inventions can be patented under each of these three different kinds of patents. First off we have inventions of utility; inventions of utility have to fall into one of five different statutory classes in order to be considered patentable. These are the following:

  • Process – this includes conventional processes as well as software processes.
  • Machines – this includes both conventional machines and software machines. Machines are also often defined as having moving parts, such as a fridge or a DVD player.
  • Manufactures products – these are considered to be items that don’t have moving parts, like books or coffee tables.
  • Compositions of matter – examples of this include any pharmaceuticals, alloys, or chemicals.  
  • New uses of any of the above

Besides fitting into one of the above categories, the product that you want to trademark must be useful. There are, however, different definitions of useful. For instance, some might people might not consider board games to be useful, but they’re meant to be used for entertainment, at which they succeed.

Whatever you want to patent must also be uniquely your intellectual property. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be similar to something else, but it must have something unique about it. For instance, take toasters vs. toaster ovens. They are definitely similar in nature, yet they have unique aspects that make them different products.

Last but not least, your product must not be completely obvious to other independent inventors. This means that your product would not seem obvious to someone who has knowledge and experience in the area that your product fits into. For example, if all microwaves were black and you ‘invented’ a red microwave and tried to patent it, it wouldn’t work.

What Generally Can’t You Patent?

Now let’s look at things that, generally speaking, you cannot patent. These include merely changing an existing product’s size, form, or shape. Inventions where you’ve merely added on some parts or taken some parts away from someone else’s product are not considered unique, either.
Along with trying to blatantly steal other people’s ideas, you’re not allowed to patent abstract ideas, physical phenomena, and the laws of nature. All literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works should be protected by copyright laws, so you can’t try to patent those either. And, just in case you were getting any ideas, you can’t get a patent for a product that is against the laws of nature or whose only use is illegal in nature.

How Do You Do a Patent search?


The best and easiest way to do a patent search is by patent classification. A Patent Classification is a code used to categorize a product. These classifications are normally shown with the class of the product first, followed by a slash and the subclass of product. Classes and subclasses have titles which provide a short description and/or definition of the class or subclass. Many Classes and subclasses have explicitly defined relationships to one another, which lets you search patents more easily.
There are a lot of internet patent search systems, and one of the top level domains is Google patents. If you do an internet patent search using Google’s patent search system, you can just type in a word. If you type in the word “spork,” you will find a foldable spork that is currently listed as patent D07/643. If you read on, you will find that sporks fall under the class of D07: “Equipment for preparing or serving food or drink not elsewhere specified,” and within the subclass of 643: “combination or integral form of fork and spoon.”

How Do I Get My Patent?

Okay, let’s say you’ve made sure that your product fits the requirements and you did a thorough patent search to make sure that your patent won’t infringe on someone else’s intellectual property. Now, how do you go about getting your patent? http://www.lib.utexas.edu/engin/patent-tutorial/images/dot.gifFirst off, you need to fill out a patent application.
Keep in mind, patent applications are legal documents where you will need to describe your product in considerable detail. Luckily, you can do this online. If you go to the official U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) site (http://www.uspto.gov/), you’ll be able to find the link to fill out and submit your patent forms online. You can also do a fee schedule check, search patent data, check on the status of your applications, etc. (If you are Canadian, you can also check out the Canadian patents database).

 
 
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