Google’s Patent Search Site Out Of Date

Law360, New York (May 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Attorneys looking to track down more details on U.S. patents issued this year may have trouble relying on Google Patent Search.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine launched its user-friendly beta Web site, www.google.com/patents, in December 2006 to make information on the United States’ seven million patents more accessible, but has not updated the site since Jan. 1.

Attorneys should be careful when conducting searches on Google’s patent site, according to one practitioner, who discovered the lapse after the site failed to locate his client’s patent...
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