Mountain View
01 September 2016
Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Google Patents adds seven patent offices
Google has added seven new countries and 41 million publications to its patent search service in a bid to encourage innovation.

New patent publications from the offices of Japan, South Korea, the UK, Spain, France, Belgium, Russia, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Luxembourg have been added to Google Patents, taking the search service’s coverage to more than 87 million publications from 17 patent offices around the world.

The new patent publications have been translated into English using Google Translate. The collection also includes scientific papers and books from Google Scholar and Books, which have been machine-classified in the same way as patents with Cooperative Patent Classification codes for easier discovery.

Google Patents manager Ian Wetherbee commented: “A robust prior art search, combining advanced search technology and a patent examiner’s technical expertise, allows an examiner to determine if an invention is new and non-obvious. As a result, technology that was already known isn’t taken from the public, and innovative companies won’t be targeted with unnecessary and expensive lawsuits that drain R&D resources.”

“Patent holders trying to protect the next groundbreaking invention benefit too by gaining more certainty that their patents won’t be invalidated later because of prior art that wasn’t found during examination.”

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