Did you know that Google doesn’t just search and index web pages? Google Patents, launched in 2006, has indexed over 7,000,000 U.S. patents and patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Google Patents advanced search page lets you search by patent number, date, inventor and more.

Patent searches aren’t just for inventors. Investors certainly have an interest in seeing what types of new products are being conceptualized. Writers, game designers, even steampunk enthusiasts might also find some nugget of inspiration just by using Google.

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