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Help: Searching for Patents
GetthePatent.com provides several different search engines that you can use for locating patents of interest.
  • US patents issued since 1976 and published US patent applications can be accessed using any of the search tools:
    by Text, by Field, by Query, by Number, Quick Fetch, or Quick Search

  • US patents issued prior to 1976 can be accessed using only the Quick Fetch and by Number tools:
    by Number or Quick Fetch

  • All other patents (EPO, WIPO, and national publications) can be accessed using any of the search tools except for the by Query tool:
    by Text, by Field, by Number, Quick Fetch, or Quick Search

Quick Fetch Search by Patent Number
The Quick Fetch engine allows you to retrieve a patent when you already know its patent number. You can always access the Quick Fetch engine using the panel to the left. Just type the patent number into the Quick Fetch box in the panel to the left. Then, click on the Go button to get the patent.

Tip: If you are retrieving multiple patents by patent number, use the by Number search tool. You can always access the by Number search tool by clicking on the by Number link in the panel to the left.

Quick Search Search by Patent Text
The Quick Search engine allows you to search the patent text database for a particular set of words. You can always access the Quick Search engine using the panel to the left. Just type the words you are looking for into the Quick Search box in the panel to the left. Then, click on the Go button to start the search.

Tip: You can access additional options for the text search by clicking on the by Text link in the panel to the left.

by Text Search by Patent Text
The by Text engine allows you to search the patent text database for a particular set of words. The search can also be restricted to a particular field. You can always access the by Text engine by clicking the by Text link in the panel to the left.

by Field Search by Patent Fields
The by Field search engine allows you to search for patents that match a particular set of bibliographic field values. You can always access the by Field engine by clicking the by Field link in the panel to the left.

by Query Search by Boolean Query
The by Query search engine allows you to search for patents that match a complex Boolean expression. You can always access the by Query engine by clicking the by Query link in the panel to the left.

by Number Search by Document Number
The by Number search engine allows you to search for patents by patent number. You can always access the by Number engine by clicking the by Number link in the panel to the left.

Recent Searches Search History
The Recent Searches link in the panel to the left (beneath the Quick Search section) will bring up a list of recent searches you have performed. You can use this list to quickly recover your recent search results.

The Recent Searches link only appears if you have previously performed searches from your account.

AutoSearch Saved Searches / Automatic Execution
AutoSearch makes it easy to re-execute frequently used searches and queries. You can even schedule an AutoSearch for periodic automatic re-execution. To create an AutoSearch, execute a search query using any of the search tools and click the Create AutoSearch link at the top of the search results page. You can always access your AutoSearch list by clicking the AutoSearch link in the panel to the left.

Other Search Engines
The USPTO makes several patent search engines available at their web site. Tip: Drag this GetThePatent.com smart link into your web browser's toolbar. Then, navigate the USPTO site using the normal mechanisms. When you reach a patent that you want, just click on the GetThePatent.com smart link on your toolbar.