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Introduction

Patent Tools is a website that hosts 10 free tools to "automate many of the routine tasks [...] while working with patents and patent litigators."[1] In 2006, the site was mainly sponsored by the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.[2]

Tools

Claim Chart Generator (for issued patents and patent applications)
This tool automatically creates a claim chart template for users. The Claim Chart Generator includes multiple options for formatting the claim chart, including the number of columns in the chart and page orientation. The Claim Chart Generator can also generate charts for specific patent claims, all claims, or all independent claims.[3]

Patent Navigator
This tool automatically creates a web page containing a patent and provides options to view the entire patent or to view only portions of a patent. Options include viewing only high-level information regarding a patent (such as only the title, abstract, and other information commonly found on the front page) and/or only the independent claims.[4]

Independent Claim Comparison Chart Generator
This tool automatically creates a claim chart with all of the independent claims side-by-side for users to view.[5]

Claim Tree Generator
This tool automatically creates a tree of all claims for the patent document. The tree provides the user with a quick view of the dependencies for all claims in a patent.[6]

Patent Information Table Generator
This tool creates a table of various information fields for multiple patents. Some examples of supported information fields include title, filing date, and inventors.[7]

Patent-to-PDF Generator
This tool automatically creates a PDF of a US patent.The PDFs can be either image-only or text-searchable (for a fee). The web version of the tool has a 100 page limit.[8]

USPTO Patent Link Generator
This tool automatically creates hyperlinks to the patent document at the USPTO website for any patent numbers you provide.[9]

Search Assignment Tool
This tool creates a report of all assignment information retrieved from the Assignment Database search on the USPTO website.[10]

Quick View (formerly Patent Summary)
This tool automatically creates a web page containing high-level patent information for any number of supplied patents. The high-level information includes abstract, inventorship and priority information, and the claims. This may be used for quickly reviewing a large number of patents at a very high level.[11]

Search Results for USPTO and Google Patents
This tool will use the URL from a USPTO search or a Google Patents query and gather all of your results into a single Excel spreadsheet.[12]

Availability

Users can access the free tools online via the Patent Tools website, or they can purchase a desktop version of the software.[13]

Sources

  1. "About Us." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/about.html Accessed April 15, 2011.
  2. “Greenberg Traurig and Pattools.com Join Forces in Important New Patent Web Tool.” Intellectual Property. December 2006. Page 28. Accessed via Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/Sponsors/ResourceGuide-Dec2006.pdf. Accessed on April 15, 2011.
  3. "Claim Chart Generator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/claimchart.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  4. "Patent Navigator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/patent_navigator.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  5. "Independent Claim Comparison Chart Generator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/i_claims_compare.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  6. "Claim Tree Generator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/claim_tree.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  7. "Table Generator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/summary_table.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  8. "Patent-to-PDF Generator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/Patent-to-PDF.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  9. "Patent Link Generator." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/make_uspto_links.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  10. "Assignment Search." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/search_assignment.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  11. "Patent 'Quick View' Highlights." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/extract.html Accessed April 15, 2011.
  12. "Search Results for the USPTO and Google Patents." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/uspto_search_results.html. Accessed April 15, 2011.
  13. "Desktop Patent Tools." Patent Tools website, http://www.pattools.com/PC/standalone.html. Accessed April 15,2011.

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