Provisional utility or plant patent is a "quick and inexpensive way for inventors to establish a U.S. filing date for their invention, which can be claimed in a later-filed nonprovisional application. A provisional application is automatically abandoned 12 months after its filing date and is not examined."
Patent searching requires patience -- give yourself time.
START with this database -- their patent TITLES have a lot of extra added detail to help you see exactly what it's about.
- Search the full text of patents since Jan 1, 1976
- Patents issued from 1790 through 1975 are searchable only by patent number and current U.S. classifications
- Full-page images are available back to 1790, and require a TIFF image viewer
More Patents and Patent Applications
- Google Patents -- After you do a search, use the fields in the left column to narrow your search
- PAT2PDF -- Enter a patent number to find and download patents from the USPTO
Searching Patents in Derwent Innovations Index
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World Intellectual Property Organization
It controls the IPC codes -- Here's an easy way to explore the whole list of IPC codes
1. Search for something. You can use TOPIC or TITLE; if you get too many hits from TOPIC, switch to TITLE. always notice the years. Add a row if you want to.
2. Or, you can start your search by looking at lists for Inventor, IPC codes, Class codes, Manual codes, or Assignee. Use "select from list" on the left.
3. If you have too many results, add words to the TITLE. Change the dates if you want to.
4. Your search words are highlighted. Codes for IPC, classes, and manual are on the bottom left.
5. Most of these have IPC codes that start with the same thing. So let's click BACK, and put that beginning of that popular IPC code onto another line, with an asterisk -- this will get all of the IPC codes that *start* with this.
-- Note that this strategy will get you MORE results.
-- Also, in every record, you can click on the IPC codes and see all of them.
6. Derwent Class Codes are divided into 20 broad subject areas.
7. Again, the big advantage of using Derwent over the other patent databases and tools is that these titles have been expanded so that you know exactly what the patent is about.
- However, you can also combine USPTO and Google Patents to get decent results -- don't use Google Patents alone because it's incomplete, has scanning errors, and doesn't include the most recent patents.