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Google Patent Search, Does No Evil? (Update)

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on May 17, 2007

At our previous post on the Google Patent Search tool, Google Patent Search, Does No Evil?, we had lamented the fact that the search tool did not provide a function allowing users to download a pdf copy of a patent located via the search tool.  Well, we lament no more.

Another quick look at the service has revealed that Google recently upgraded the system to provide a “Download PDF” option.  Even more impressive, the downloads appear to be available for pre-1976 patents (based on our rudimentary search for U.S. Pat. Nos. 500,000 and 1,000,000), thus providing a tool that both key-word searches pre-1976 patents and faciliates an easy download of said patents.

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