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Wednesday, 2nd February 2011 Please login top-right to be able to star items

By Martin Goffman and Ron Kaminecki


Patents are of great interest to those involved in competitor intelligence and new products as they provide a wealth of information about companies, markets and people. So the tips in this basic introduction to patent searching, by Martin Goffman and Ron Kaminecki, will help to take away the mystique of the world of patents and add another source of information to explore.

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Martin Goffman, Ph.D. is the owner and principal consultant of Martin Goffman Associates (, a privately held research, development, and consulting organisation since 1985.  His company has a consulting base ranging from extremely large multinational corporations featured in the Fortune Magazine Top 10 to mid-sized corporations in the Fortune 500. In 2006, Martin founded the SequenceBase Corporation (, the organisation that produces the USPTO Genetic Sequence Database, USGENE® which is the leader in providing patent sequence information to the biotechnology, legal, pharmaceutical, scientific, technical and academic bioinformatics communities. He is also a co-founder and CEO of, LLC (, a web-based patent valuation service.

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Ron Kaminecki, JD is Director, Intellectual Property Segment, Dialog LLC, and has been involved with patents for over 35 years starting as a patent searcher. He now works with other patent attorneys and agents, plus patent examiners in the art of literature retrieval for intellectual property.  He holds a BS (Chemistry); MS (Computer Science); JD (with Certificate in Patent Law); and is a US Patent Attorney.

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