I use the following tools for downloading of full patents:


needs pre-paid account with www.bitpass.com
software that allows you to download full patents
www.micropat.com this site did not work the last time it tried it out


The rest of this page was copied from http://nip.blogs.com/patent/2004/09/guide_to_downlo.html

 I have marked yellow the ones I like most

Guide to Downloading Patent Copies on the Internet

The USPTO has never provided the ability to download multiple page TIFF or PDF copies of patents/patent applications.  Thankfully, a number of web sites and computer programs have stepped up to fill that void. 

The list such web sites changes regularly enough that I've decided to create a static html page...A Guide to Downloading Patent Copies on the Internet.  The static link can (soon) be found in the border under "My Most Requested Posts."  As the Guide changes, I'll blog about the change and give you the static link again. 

[last update:  September 23, 2005]

If you have additions (or corrections) to the list, let me know...

I.  Web sites.

a.   http://www.pat2pdf.com.  PDF.  Coverage:  US and European patents, US patent applications.  Cost:  varies, but all patent documents below USPN 1,000,000 are free.

b.   http://www.pat2pdf.org.  PDF.  Coverage:  All issued US Patents.  Search interface:  patent number.  Can search multiple patent numbers at once.  Cost:  FREE.

c.   http://www.freepatentsonline.com.  PDF or TIFF.  Coverage:  US patents published by the USPTO since patent number 4,000,000.  Search interface:  boolean or patent number.  Cost:  FREE.

d.   http://patents.oncloud8.com/.  PDF.  Coverage:  US and European patents.  Can download multiple patents as once. Search interface:  boolean or patent number.  Cost:  $0.25 per patent. Nor registration or minimum order required.

e.   http://ofi.epoline.org/view/GetDossier?dosnum=&pubnum=&lang=EN.  Download PDF copies of PCT/EPO patents directly here. 

f.   Patent Logistics free patent fetcher.  U.S. Patent and published Patent Applications.  Cost:  FREE. 

g.  PatentGopher.  PDFs that are e-mailed to you.  Coverage:  US Patents, US Patent Applications, and many foreign patents.  Cost:  Patents of 10 pages or less will be delivered for just US$1, additional pages cost ten cents each.  [via Promote the Progress blog]

h.  Asitri (M.I.T.).  Search for a patent by patent number, get web page with said patent's abstract and basic information, along with abstract and basic information of its references, all with links to download copies of said patents by PDFs.  Interesting site.  Cost:  FREE.  [via Navigating the Patent Maze blog]

i.   Google.  Ok, so it won't get you a PDF or TIFF copy of the patent, but did you know that you can use Google to go directly to an issued US patent via the USPTO database?  Example:  Google search for patent 6,698,104 and click on "Look up patent 6698104 in the US Patent Database".  I previously blogged about this (and all of the other Google number searches) here.

j.  GetThePatent.  Files in "CPC" compressed format viewable in a free CPCLite viewer.  Cost:  $0.50 per patent.   Patents from the USPTO, EPO,  WIPO (PCT), Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.

k.  PatentMatic.  Free.  Enter patent number and it gives you a summary page with abstract and related patents and a link to download a PDF copy of the patent.  Coverage:  "European (EP), United States (US), 'World' (PCT/WO) and Japanese (JP) patents.

l.  PDFpatents.com.  Free (slow) or Register and pay as you go ($1/each or cheaper).

II.  Programs/Plug-Ins

a.  PAT2PDF.  If you don't mind installing a "Linux-like environment for Windows" and doing some tinkering, you can configure a FREE package for downloading copies of patents to your computer using Canadian attorney Peter Eliopoulos' instructions.  I have tried it and it does work.  Did I mention the word FREE?

b.  GETIPDL.  (http://www.ujihara.jp/GetIPDL/en/).  PDF, TIFF, MS WORD.  "GetIPDL downloads patent documents from JPO, USPTO, esp@cenet, DEPATISnet and other free patent document delivery sites. It can download texts and images. You can automatically get documents from the national IP servers in AU, CA, CN,  DE, EP, HU, JP, TH, US, WO from the official IP servers. Of course, it works to get the other region's documents. And more, so GetIPDL supports automatic computer translation site of Patent & Utility Model Gazette DB in JPO, you can read recent Japanese patent documents in English from GetIPDL."  Cost:  $89.00.  This is the program I use.

c.  IPDISCOVER (http://www.ipdiscover.com).  IP-Discover has three main components (search, retrieve and browse).  Under search you can search the Internet using an integrated browser (IE?) window (patent searching (dropdown links to all of the various USPTO and EPO search pages) as well as, search engines, patent classification manuals and foreign patent offices).  Under retrieve, you can download copies of all of the patents you found in your search.  Under browse, you can view (within the browser) what you downloaded (including storing and organizing your old patent searches.  An excellent tool (if I didn't already own a copy of GETIPDL...I might buy this one).  Cost:  $175.00 (you can demo for free an educational "lite" version of the software, the lite version can be used for free by students and non-profits).

d.  Accel ViewTIFF (http://www.acordex.com/browseProd/VTplugin.html).  A TIFF viewer plug-in that "will print or save entire documents in one operation without the need to manually retrieve and print/save each page.  Accel ViewTIFF now automatically detects page numbers in file names or in CGI query strings and presents page controls for multipage operations with TIFF documents stored as separate pages."  Cost:  $49.  Windows and Mac.  Works well with the USPTO site...if you use a TIFF view with the USPTO site, this one might a great option for you (instead of pasting patent numbers into a separate program).  Of course the end product is a multi-page TIFF file...you could use a "print to PDF" printer driver to convert it to PDF if you really want a PDF.  15 day free trial.

e.  freePat™ 0.81 for Windows.  From Peter Eliopoulos (Eliopoulous Intellectual Property Law - Canada) comes this free Windows program that can download US patents/applications, Canadian patents/application, European patents/applications, PCT applications, GB, FR and DE patents/applications to your computer as a single PDF file at no charge.  ~7MB file.

f.  PatentPleeze.  Worldwide patents, text and images together.  21 day trial.  $45.

g.  PatSee (formerly known as Lattice).  Three versions -  Demo, Lite and Pro.  More information including countries covered (looks like all on-line countries' patent offices).  Cost:  £250.00 for 1 year, £400.00 for 2 years.  30 day demo available.

h.  ipMAGNET.  Patents from USPTO, ESP@CENET, DEPATIS and CIPO.  Cost $79.95+/yr.

I.   PatentGrabber [Mac Classic, Mac OS X and Windows].  Shareware ($20).  PDF or TIFF.  U.S. patents and published applications, European patents and published applications, and PCT published applications.  [Via 271patent]

j.  The BTCI Patent Toolbar Version 2.2.  A plug-in for both Windows Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer.  USPTO, EPO, WIPO/WO PCT, Japanese patent abstracts, and European country patents (United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hellenic Republic, Luxembourg, Monaco, Slovenia, etc.).  It costs $99.  A 15 day free trial software is available.  The software can be installed via this LINK.  Contact BTCI@cox.net if you want more info before installing.

k.   PatentHunter.  Free trial version.  Subscription basis.  US version $69, International version $99.  PDF and HTML.  Seems to be a comprehensive searching program (not just a patent downloader).

l.  PatentOrder.  Patents: EPO, USPTO, DEPATISNET ("this German Patent Office service covers a variety of countries"), Canada, Australia, France, Spain, others. Single PDF via e-mail.  Free trial.   Price unknown.

m.  PatDocs.org.  PDFs of US patents.  Two products, Patent Reader (free) and PatPDF ($59.95).

n.  "PatentVue (www.nfovea.com) is a USPTO/EPO Patent Search and Download application.  It offers an enhanced keyword search (boolean, multiple terms, date-based, etc), bulk patent number search/download, saved searches, delta-searches (patents and applications since the last time a search was run), local patent library facility, and easy interactive drill-down access to HTML versions of patents during the search process.  A free 30-day demo version is available from Cnet at www.download.com.  The demo version limits you to 5 Patent PDF downloads per day.  It can be upgraded to the full version to allow unlimited patent downloads for US $199.99.  PatentVue runs under W98/Win2000/WinXP and requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 and Adobe Acrobat Reader."

o.   PATmonitor. PDF or TIFF.  Coverage: USPTO, Esp@cenet®, epoline®, INPADOC, JPO, DEPATISnet, DPMApublikationen, DPINFO, and SIPO.  30-day free trial. Distributed in the US by LegalStar (maker of "IP LegalForm" and other IP software).  Cost:  $495 annual single user license fee or $1495 10 user annual license fee.   

p.  Patent Search Software.  Via Indian patent firm Parker & Parker.  Stand alone program.  Free.  Allows you to search patents from the USPTO Issued and Published Patents, and EUROPEAN Patents Database...by entering one word in any of the field of software you can search in all three places.  Pretty nice program.

q.  WizPatent Manager.  Search USPTO, ESPACE, WIPO, Japan databases for patents and download the Text, PDF for FREE.  Patent document management.  Allows you to add annotations to your patent collections.  Claims Analysis.  $675/yr.

III.   Related Guides:

a.    Robert Ambrogi's article on on-line patent and trademark searching resources.

b.    Dennis Crouch's article on how to find intellectual property law news.

c.    The Spire Projects page on Searching Patents.

IV.   Patent Searching Resources.

a.   Patent Search Software.  Via Indian patent firm Parker & Parker.  Stand alone program.  Free.  Allows you to search patents from the USPTO Issued and Published Patents, and EUROPEAN Patents Database...by entering one word in any of the field of software you can search in all three places.  Pretty nice program.

b.  ClassClarify.  A software tool designed to aid researchers in using the USPTO's Manual of Classification, the tool examiners use to categorize patents. ClassClarify graphically represents the manual and the relationships amongst the classes, it's like a road map through the vast landscape of prior art. Use it to understand how examiners and industry analysts research prior art, and to perfect your searching skills.

V.   Notes:

a.    A reader reminds us that "As you probably know, the USPTO sets a limit on how many patents one can download in a given time.  Some years ago they blocked me because I exceeded their quota.  I assume that this policy is still in effect, although I haven't checked it.  If it is, you may wish to caution your readers."