Has the United States Patent and Trademark Office joined the 21st Century? The online USPTO patent database now allows users to download a pdf file of an entire patent (or patent application). Previously, we had two options to view patents:

  1. download an image of a single page of the patent or
  2. go to a third-party website to download a pdf of the patent

One can now download a full-patent pdf by following these steps:

  1. browse to a patent or published patent application in the USPTO database
  2. click the "Images" button
  3. click the "Full Pages" button

At that point, your browser will probably open the pdf of the patent/application within your browser window. Patent searching just got a little easier!

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