Patent Searching For New Inventors - Searching By The Inventor's Name.

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Get Ready

Go Get Yourself Pen And Paper
Go Get Yourself Pen And Paper.

Searching for inventors by their names can be fun. Unfortunately, you can only search online for inventors who have invented something within the last twenty years before their patents expire. If you want to search online for any invention older than twenty years use ​the patent number.

Let's learn how you can look for patents using the inventor's name. You will need the inventor's first and last name. For example, you might want to see if George Lucas is an inventor.

Now, go get yourself a pen or pencil and paper.

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Writing The Inventor's Name In The Right Way

You have to write the inventor's name in the right way
You have to write the inventor's name in a certain format.

You will have to write the inventor's name in a way that the Advanced Search Page's engine will understand your request. Look at how you would look for George Lucas' name: in/lucas-george-$

That's what the pen and paper were for - now practice writing the inventor's name in the right way.

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Using The Inventor's Name On The Advanced Search Page

Inventor's Name - Advanced Search Page
Type the inventor's name in correctly and select the years.

Above is an example of what the Advanced Search Page will look like when you do a patent search using the inventor's name of George Lucas. You will be practicing for real in a minute, first please finish reading this step-by-step.

After you have typed in the inventor's name, change " Select Year" to 1976 to present (full text). It is the first choice in the drop down menu covering the years of patents that have not expired. Of course, next year it will say 1977 to present, and the year after it will say 1978 to present.

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Click On The Search Button

Click on the search button
Click on the search button.

After you have typed in the inventor's name and have changed "Select Year" to the first choice "1976 to present", please click on the search button.

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Results Page After Searching By The Inventor's Name.

You will get a "Results" page with paten
You will get a "Results" page with patent numbers and titles listed.

You will get a "Results" page with patent numbers and titles listed (like the example above!). Look at the results and select a patent number or title that you're interested in!

The next page will display information about the patent.{p]

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Select One Of The Patents From The Results Page

Patent D264,109
Patent D264,109.

After you select one of the the patents from the results page. The next page will display information about the patent. I choose the third listing for patent D264,109.

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Click On The Images Button

Click on the images button
Click on the images button to view the patent drawings.

When you click on the images button you will be able to view high-resolution images of the patent.

This is the only place to view the patent drawings that often accompany a patent. Take a look at the cool patent drawing belonging to Patent D264,109 on the next page.

You may need a special viewer to take a look at the images. I use InterneTiffX.

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Now Practice

D264,109 - Patent Drawing
D264,109 - Patent Drawing.

Now go to the Advanced Search Page and practice searching for patents by using the inventor's name of George Lucas.

Find a few more inventor's names to practice with. An inventor's name may be found on the invention, the box it came in, or the instruction manual. You might have read about an inventor or seen them on TV. I can suggest the following names: Melody Swetland, Mark Dean

What If I Couldn't Find My Inventor

  • Did you type in the name exactly as the example?
  • Did you spell the inventor's name correctly?
  • Did you set the "Select Years" to the first choice of 1976 to present?
  • Sometimes inventor names are misspelled on the patent, so if even if you spelled the name correctly, the search engine can't find it!
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Bellis, Mary. "Patent Searching For New Inventors - Searching By The Inventor's Name." ThoughtCo, Apr. 21, 2017, thoughtco.com/patent-searching-by-name-1991887. Bellis, Mary. (2017, April 21). Patent Searching For New Inventors - Searching By The Inventor's Name. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/patent-searching-by-name-1991887 Bellis, Mary. "Patent Searching For New Inventors - Searching By The Inventor's Name." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/patent-searching-by-name-1991887 (accessed October 18, 2017).