It’s a little too much fun…
I’ve been spending some time looking through patents written by people like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, and some of the really old documents that are part of US history. The images are great, too. I’m wondering if the inventor of this pistol sword was a relative.
Danny wrote about it in Google Launches Google Patents, Full-Text US Patent Searching, and I added a long postscript to his post. I also included links to some papers there that describe some of the unique issues involving searching for patents.
This Google Patent Search opens up hundreds of years of patents to students and inventors, and makes them much more accessible than the US Patent and Trademark database has. It may not be the ideal place for patent searchers (at least not yet), but it’s still a tremendous tool.