You soon will be able to go on the Internet and search and download both texts and images of American patents--for free. For starters, the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is putting its trademark text on line this month. Patent text and trademark images follow in November. Included will be the full text of the 2 million patents dating back to 1976. They will be fully searchable by keywords not only in the bibliographic and abstract fields--as has been possible since 1995--but also in the patent specification and claims parts. Patent images linked to patent text will be on line by next March, PTO Commissioner Bruce A. Lehman assures Design News. PTO intends eventually to make available for free on the Internet more than 20 million pages of patent and trademark information. PTO's database and other services for inventors can be viewed at the agency's Internet address: www.uspto.gov.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.