I prefer using the Google Patent search, instead of the U.S. Patent Office. Search for:

  • the name of your technology
  • the company that owns your technology

Expect to find multiple patents for one technology. For example, the patents for the iPhone are numerous, as they use some of the technologies in multiple items (e.g. touch screen). 

U Texas has a great overview of patents that includes definitions of the different kind of patents and patent myths, along with links to tutorials on searching for patents on the US Patent Office Website.


How the Technology Works 

  • - "leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works."

  • - companion site to the popular tech magazine

  • Gizmodo - blog about gadgets and technology

  • - product review and prices, software downloads and tech news

  • TechExpo - directory of engineering and scientific trade technical magazines