Patent searching is typically the first step in determining whether to pursue patent protection for an invention. On November 11, 2009, Woodard, Emhardt attorneys Chuck Schmal and Doug Gallagher presented a class on techniques for conducting patent searches using the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Public Web-based Examiner Search Tool (PubWEST) System to members of the Indiana Inventors Association and the Central Library staff. The PubWEST System allows the public to access the same computer databases used by Examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.
The hour-long program included a general overview of the PubWEST System and a tutorial on conducting patentability searches. Topics included basic search concepts and recommendations for organizing a search, recommendations for which PTO databases to use, specific techniques for conducting various types of searches (word, party, citation, and classification), and the various ways of viewing the information using PubWEST.
This program was conducted in conjunction with Woodard, Emhardt’s donation of upgraded PubWEST search terminals at the Library. The class was provided as a companion resource to inventors as part of Woodard’s effort to improve patent searching capabilities at the Central Library. For more discussion on the search terminals, please see Dedicated Patent Searching Terminals Available at the Central Library