Here at Intellogist we tend to focus on strategies to find patents and prior art of interest, but working with individual patent documents can also be challenging. Recently I started looking into which patent search providers offer searchable PDF patent documents as downloads.

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Comment by Mikk Putk on August 11, 2010 at 2:44am
I see, you are right....in this case you may try to upload pdf or image file to Google Docs and you can convert text from pdf or image file to searchable text.
Comment by Kristin Whitman on August 10, 2010 at 2:54pm
Mikk I think you are right in that someone could just do a full text search in esp@cenet on one patent document. But I think the question here is that some legal researchers want to give their attorneys searchable PDF documents, because they may need to refer to something in the document quickly and it's easier to be able to keyword search within the document than to load esp@cenet, etc. So it's really for the receiver of the search, and not the searcher him or herself. Would you have any pointers for people in that situation?
Comment by Mikk Putk on August 10, 2010 at 2:36pm
Thanks for posting this. I have not tested commercial patent search tools for a while, but when you use Espacenet, you do not need searchable PDFs for EP and WO documents. Just open the advanced search page http://ep.espacenet.com/advancedSearch?locale=en_EP and select the database. In addition to worldwide search you can choose between EP or WO full text search.
I'm not sure, but maybe IPEXL, Boliven or Depatisnet offer some full text search functionality.

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