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LandOfFree.com, created by a company of the same name, is a free patent search site that hold information on "over 3,000,000 patents and over 4,000,000 people and organizations involved in patent licencing." According to the website, "LandOfFree.com collects information on service providers from a number of various sources such us Google patents beta." The site contains information on both US and Canadian patents and scientific papers from around the world. On the website, users have the option to search:
- US companies, patents, banks, and counties.
- Canadian companies, "salary disclosures", and patents.
- Scientific papers.
The site also allows users to rate and review the document or entity listed in each record. Although the site is free to search and view, users can subscribe to a number of available plans to list their organizations and employees on the site.
For each record type (US patents, CA patents, US companies, etc.), the user can either browse alphabetical directories to locate the relavent entity, or the user can select the "Search" option in the upper left horizontal menu on each page to open a basic search form. The basic search form allows the users to select a section of the site to search (Canadian Companies, Canadian Employee Salary Disclosure,Canadian Patents, US Patents, US Banks, US Counties, and Scientific Papers). Depending on the selected section, users can then select from various drop-down menus defining location or category. Finally, users can enter a zip code or name relavent to the search.
Patent results will include lists of both relavent patents and inventors, and results can be sorted alphabetically or by rating. Patent records include bibliographic information and abstract/description (when available), links to inventor listings for inventors related to the document, and any available ratings or reviews.
- ↑ "About us." LandOfFree.com website, http://uspatents.landoffree.com/about. Accessed April 30, 2012.
- ↑ "Add Company." LandOfFree.com website, http://uscompanies.landoffree.com/package/select/o/new. Accessed April 30, 2012.