Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Role of patent witnesses

Ol' Myrt here just LOVES the internet and the fact that researchers come into contact with each other where normally they would not even know one another. Case in point:

#1. - Initial info about Google Patent Search.
In the first blog entry, "Binbag", a friend of Myrt's from Second Life, submitted a write-up concerning her discoveries about her great-grandfather. "BinBag" used Google's Patent Search. See: Patent search at Google provides new ancestral locality".

#2. - A reader benefits from another's first-hand experience.
The second blog entry features a reply from a reader who acted on the info from "Binbag" and located detailed information on her grandfather's invention. See: READER'S FEEDBACK: Google Patent Search .

#3. - A reader explains the role of witnesses in patents.
This morning's email brings new information from Barbara, extending our understanding about patents as follows:

From: Barbara hertz@isomedia.com
Just read your latest blog post about Google Patent Search, with the question about who witnesses were. I can't speak for Germany, but in the US, witnesses to a patent were people who had some knowledge of the subject matter of the patent. They weren't there to vouch for the inventor, they were there to vouch for the novelty of the invention (which is a key fact in determining whether a patent should be granted.)

THANKS, Barbara. Once again we see that we DO get by with a little help from our friends.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.


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