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Improving Google Patents with European Patent Office patents and the Prior Art Finder
Google today expanded its search coverage for patents by adding millions of documents from the European Patent Office to Google Patents.
Google’s patent search tool went live all the way back in 2006, but only featured U.S. patents until now. In addition, the company also added a “Prior Art Finder” feature to Google Patents that automatically scans the web, Google Patents, Google Scholar and Google Books for key phrases from a patent’s text.