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Google Scholar: Patents

An introduction to Google Scholar.

Patents

With Google Patents, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you.

Where does this patent data come from?

All patents available through Google Patents come from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patents issued in the United States are public domain documents, and images of the entire database of U.S. patents are readily available online via the USPTO website.

More about Patents

What types of patents are available?

Google Patents covers the entire collection of issued patents and millions of patent application made available by the USPTO, from patents issued in the 1790s through the present. International patents are not included at this time but may be included in the future.

How many U.S. patents are there?

To date, the USPTO has made available approximately 8 million patents and 3 million patent applications.

How does it work?

Using the same technology that powers Google Book Search, Google has converted the entire image database of U.S. patents into a format that’s easy to search. You can search the full text of U.S. patents from the Google Patents homepage, or visit the Advanced Patents search page to search by criteria like patent number, inventor, and filing date.

How do you rank patents in the search results?

As with Google Web Search, patent results are rated according to their relevance to a given search query. Google uses a number of signals to evaluate how relevant each patent is to a user’s query and determines the results algorithmically.

Prior Art Finder is another search available from Google. The Prior Art Finder scans text for key phrases, combines them into aset of search queries, and displays the results from Google PatentsGoogle ScholarGoogle Books, and the rest of the web. You can enter your text into the text area above, or find prior art for a particular patent application or grant by entering an identifier such as US20120309256 or EP1692064B1. 

Advanced Search: Patents

To enter the Advanced Search from the Google Scholar search page, 
  • Choose 
  • Click on the down arrow at the right side of the search box. 
  • Enter the search information in the appropriate boxes.
  • Click the magnifying glass to begin the search.  

Downloading Patent Information

Can I download a PDF of a patent I’ve found in Google Patents?

Yes, by simply clicking the “Download PDF” button on the patent’s About page. You can find this button under the patent summary section for each patent in our index.

Why does Google offer bulk downloads of patent and trademark information?

Google and the US Patent and Trademark Office have partnered to provide bulk file downloads of patent and trademark information to everyone, for free. This information is also available on a file-by-file basis from the USPTO website, or for bulk download on CDs, DVDs, or digital tape, with fees to cover the USPTO’s expenses (often more than $10,000 and potentially up to $250,000). Many major law firms and research organizations rely on bulk file downloads so they can do more comprehensive analysis of the data. Now anyone can get the information for free by visiting http://www.google.com/googlebooks/uspto.html.