Step 5

Here's where you look at an entire patent, claims, drawings and all. Full patents from the USPTO website are displayed as TIFF files, which means you will probably need to download a plug-in to view them. You also have a couple of other options to display patents as PDF's using web applications not related to the USPTO.

Option 1: Enter the patent number in the search box at PAT2PDF. This will convert it to a PDF that you can download.

Option 2: Enter the patent number in the search box at Google Patent Search. Google has converted U.S. patents into PDF files that you can download.

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