Report:Google Patent Search/Company Strength

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Company Strength

The following section contains subjective comments about the system that represent our editor's opinions, and should not be viewed as fact. Editor's opinions include positive and negative judgments about the product written in consideration of wider context, including related products and the industry at large.

Google Patent Search is a beta patent search service which uses the technology of the Google web search engine. The company was founded in 1998 and Google has grown to be the most widely used search engine.

Google Patent Search was launched in 2006, and as of November 2008, still remains in a beta version. Updates have been slow in regard to both the interface functionality and data coverage. Only US coverage is present at this time, and no specific dates have been released with regards to increased coverage, such as European Patent Office (EP) documents and Patent Cooperation Treaty (WO/PCT) documents. This gives the impression that Google Patent Search is not a priority for the company, as Google seems to be intent are focusing on more high tech areas, such as web browsers and mobile phones. That said, the search engine is still a commonly used free patent search site for US documents. Furthermore, due to the resources available to Google, improvements could be quickly made to Google Patent Search if and when the company decides to further pursue this avenue.

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