JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Great Genealogical Research Tool - Patents #general

Jane Reifer <cluttercontrol@...>

Just thought people might like to try patent searches as a tool for
genealogical research; I have been amazed to use these searches to find
information about relatives I didn't know existed, and fill in little gaps
of information for those I already know about.

I used to search individually at the US Patents site, the Canadian site,
etc., but just learned you can do a free search of several international
sites all at once, at:

Just enter your surname into the Show News - Search Patents Web banner in
the middle of the page. They also have a free membership level, but I found
the banner search pretty comprehensive, sometimes even with images of the

These are the databases searched:

WIPO/PCT - World Intellectual Property Organization - Patent Cooperation
IPO Singapore
European Patent Office
UK Patent Office
United States PTO
Canada IPO
Taipei Patents Index

I have no commercial or other interest in the site.

Best of luck in your research,

Jane Ehrlich Reifer
Fullerton, California, USA

Researching: REIFER (all countries); REISCH (Ukraine); ROESSLER / RESSLER
(Ukraine); HOROWITZ (Horodenka, Chernivtsi [Ukraine]; SPASSER (Ukraine);
HERZ, DAVIDSON, SCHOEN (Hungary); EHRLICH (Hungary, Czechoslovakia )

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