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
You might not have heard of Google Patents, but it is pretty fascinating. It can offer you a peek at what the future possibly holds since you can explore patents that are issued in the U.S. There are many serious patents people have filed for, like new ways to give vaccinations. But there are lots of silly ones as well, like an electronic pickle jar game. To find these patents you can just search for things that interest you in the Google Patents search engine. Give it a try, you will be amazed at how innovative and out there these creations can be.
Organizing the World’s Information
According to Google, Google Patents is one more part of the company’s mission to organize the world’s information. Google Patents gets its data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). When a patent is issued in the U.S. it becomes part of the public domain so Google can publish this information. One of the impressive things about Google Patents is the number of Patents it contains. The service displays patents issued within the United States from 1790 to the present. That’s a lot of data that users can explore.
A Patent History Lesson
Because of the amount of time the site spans 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 issued to Thomas Edison in 1889 for the incandescent electric lamp. If you desire to get a glimpse of where we came from and where we are going, take a little time exploring Google Patents.