Saturday, March 17, 2007

Searching for U.S. patents that encumber a standard

The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) has a website that permits searches of issued patents (database extends to 1790). A separate search engine finds patent applications currently under review by the USPTO.

If you are developing a standard and you wish to avoid including patented technology in the methods included in your standard,


if you have developed a standard and are interested in protecting your users against trivial or non-innovative patents attached to the uses of your standard,


if you are a standards user and wish to avoid using standards that are encumbered by patents,


if you are a standards user who has chosen a standard and wish to avoid infringement on a patent that encumbers the standard,

you will want to visit the USPTO patent search site.

Here is the web page at for a search of pending applications with the word "DICOM" in the title of the application.

Here is the returned web page:

In the next blog, I will use DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) as an example of a standard for which a user can conduct USPTO patent searches.

- Jules Berman
My book, Principles of Big Data: Preparing, Sharing, and Analyzing Complex Information was published in 2013 by Morgan Kaufmann.

I urge you to explore my book. Google books has prepared a generous preview of the book contents. If you like the book, please request your librarian to purchase a copy of this book for your library or reading room.

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