Google Patents: A Little Known Secret

Have you ever been curious, in this country of invention, what creative ideas are sprouting? Google has made it possible for you to explore this with Google Patents.


The Wonderful World of Google Patents

Haven't heard of Google Patents? You're not alone. This offering by the Internet search giant Google is an intriguing one. It lets you peer into the future – or at least a potential future – by viewing the numerous patents issued by the United States. As you may imagine, the patents range from the serious – new ways of delivering vaccinations – to the absurd – an electronic pickle jar game. By merely plugging random words in the Google Patents search engine, you can sift through these useful and arguably useless futuristic marvels.

Organizing the World’s Information

Google has stated that its main mission is to organize the world’s information and Google Patents is one part of that mission. The data that you access when you browse within Google Patents originates from the United
States Patent and Trademark Office
. All patents issued in the U.S. are public domain, so that makes it very effortless for Google to access such a searchable database. And this is no small database; it covers patents that have been issued in the United States from 1790 to the present!

A Patent History Lesson

Because of the amount of time the site covers you can get a view of advancements in technology over a long time period. You can see the patent given to Alexander Graham Bell in 1880 for an automatic short-circuiter for telephones or the patent granted to Thomas Edison in 1889 for the incandescent electric lamp. If you wish to get a glimpse of where we came from and where we are going, take a little time studying Google Patents.