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Manufacturing, oil, gas and electricity are just a few examples of the industries that use infrastructure to deliver goods and services to their clients. A pipeline, for instance, can be used to transport a substance (e.g. oil or gas) from one place to another place.
Pipelines and other infrastructure components may be susceptible to cracking, corrosion, and fatigue. A pipeline, for instance, might be subject to internal damages like wear and tear caused by pressure and temperaturechanges caused by oil or gas that is transported through the pipeline. Furthermore, the pipeline might be exposed to wear and tear from the outside for example, damages caused by weather or other events.
Pipelines and other infrastructure elements are inspected for wear, such as using an imaging procedure with ultrasonic imaging or radiography, or other methods. A pipeline could be imaged to create image data. The image data can later be analysed to determine if there’s any physical wear or tear to the pipeline. Based on the results of inspections the pipeline could be fixed or replaced.
It can take time to produce and store, transfer and analyse inspection data. Analysis of images can require many processing cycles, as well as other resources in order to find fatigue, cracking, or corrosion. In certain instances, the defects may be detected too late to fix or limit certain kinds of damage.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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Patents are granted by the government to protect the invention. The patent grants the inventor the exclusive rights to create, utilize and sell the invention. Society gains when new technologies are brought to the market. The benefits may be direct terms, as it can allow people to do previously impossible things. Or indirectly by the economic benefits (business growth and employment) that innovation provides.
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There are several types of patents. Understanding these is vital to safeguard your invention. Patents for utility are used to protect new processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Utility patents are the best because they shield the owner from copycats as well as other competitors. Frequently the utility patents are issued for improvements or modifications to existing inventions. Patents issued under utility can be used to enhance or modify existing inventions. For example, a process patent will be able to cover actions or methods of performing a specific act, whereas chemical compositions will comprise an assortment of components.
How long will a patent last? Utility patents are valid for 20 years from the initial filing dates, but their expiration dates can be extended because of delays in the patent office such as.
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- What is the composition and function of the invention? What is the physical structure of the invention?
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- What are technical terms and phrases that define the essence of an invention? A technical dictionary can help you find the appropriate words.
2. These terms allow you to find relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications on the Classification Search Tool. If you’re not able to locate the appropriate classification for your invention through the classification’s class Schemas (class schedules) and then try again. If you don’t get any results using the Classification Text Search, you might consider substituting your words for describing your invention with synonyms.
3. Go through 3. Check the CPC Classification Definition to verify the accuracy of the CPC classification you’ve found. If the selected classification title has a blue box with a “D” on its left, the hyperlink will take you to a CPC classification description. CPC classification definitions can be used to identify the specific classification’s scope and therefore you’re sure to choose the most relevant. Furthermore the definitions may include research tips and other suggestions that may be useful for further study.
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7. Find other US patents by keyword searching in PatFT or AppFT databases, classification search of non-U.S. patents per below, and searching non-patent publications of inventions with web search engines. Here are some examples:
- Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
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- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.