Have you ever been curious, in this country of invention, what ideas are sprouting? Google has made it simple for you to explore this with Google Patents.
The Wonderful World of Google Patents
Haven’t heard about Google Patents? You’re not alone. This offering by the Internet search giant Google is an interesting one. It lets you gaze into the future – or at least a possible future – by viewing the many patents issued by the United States. As you might expect, 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 dig through these useful and arguably useless futuristic marvels.
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 info 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 amazing things about Google Patents is the amount of Patents it contains. The service displays patents issued in the United States from 1790 to the present. That’s a lot of data that users can explore.
A Patent History Lesson
Due to this huge span of time, with a little investigating, you can get an idea of technological advancements this country has made. For example, you can see the patent that was given to Alexander Graham Bell for an automatic short-circuiter for telephones in 1880. If you want see where we may be headed according to recent patents, check out Google Patents.