This will often be a national patent office but could be a regional body, such as the European Patent Office.
Googles patent search tool went live all the way back in 2006, but only featured US patents until now.
The work of a patent examiner usually includes searching patents and scientific literature databases for prior art, and examining patent applications substantively by examining whether the claimed invention meets the patentability requirements such as novelty, “inventive step” or “non obviousness”, “industrial application” and sufficiency of disclosure.
You can insert your own joke about prior art and the ongoing Samsung v.
Typically, patents are granted only if an invention is new and not obvious, explains engineering manager Jon Orwant.
We’ll be refining and extending the Prior Art Finder as we develop a better understanding of how to analyze patent claims and how to integrate the results into the workflow of patent searchers.
Major employers of patent examiners are the European Patent Office , the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office.
The first result of this cooperation was an improved translation system for patents based on the parallel texts the EU already produces for many of its patents.
It’salso won limits on sales of some Motorola Mobility products inGermany based on other Microsoft patents.
In its announcement today, Google also notes that it continues to work with the US Patent & Trademark Office to improve its repository of US patent data and that it will continue to make this data available for bulk download.
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