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Intellectual Property - Patents and Trademarks: Patent Document Examples

How to read a patent?

Briefly, the "claims" session in the patent document is the part to point out the patent rights. The rest of the document is to support and help readers to understand the claims.

Patent Examples

Sample 1

Electronic Commerce System and Method for Providing Commercial Information in Electronic Commerce System  
Mori et al.  
May 30, 2000

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Patent Text  

Sample 2

Bookkeeping Machine  
August 25, 1936

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 Patent Text  

US Patent Document

Issued Patent       Patent Applications
US 20100329499 A1 2010/0329499 A1 *
US 20070028346 A1 2006/0280322

International Patent