Cli.gs Partners with Patents Online to Make Tweeting Patents Easy

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Leading Worldwide Patent Site Now Helps Enable Short URLs with Cli.gs, The Fastest Growing Website Pointing Service

Want to show the world your invention or an invention you love? FPO and Cligs offer an easy way to do so, via Twitter.

We see a growing cadre of users who tweet about a single patent, or a set of patents on our site. We wanted to make it very easy for anyone to link to IP documents, while managing their precious character count. We think Cligs is the best URL shortening service, in part because of the way they provide concise traffic metrics to users.

Cligs Cligs and Patents Online, LLC today announced a partnership whereby Twitter users can easily reference a patent page or set of pages at FreePatentsOnline.com using the service at cli.gs/fpo.

Patents are powerful in citation-- patents are vetted by subject matter experts at the national patent offices, and the prose in a patent typically provides a clear and detailed technical description of the invention.

The site citepatents.com has information provided by Cligs and FreePatentsOnline guiding web users of all types, including the legions of Twitter users, on how to take long URLs and shorten them. These URLs can reference an individual invention, or a collection of inventions shown at freepatentsonline.com, such as all the intellectual property from a given inventor or company.

"We note the rise of Twitter," said Erik Reeves, CEO of Patents Online, the company behind FreePatentsOnline. "We see a growing cadre of users who tweet about a single patent, or a set of patents on our site. We wanted to make it very easy for anyone to link to IP documents, while managing their precious character count. We think Cligs is the best URL shortening service, in part because of the way they provide concise traffic metrics to users."

"There's only modest trustworthiness in tweets due to a pervasive lack of citation; many thousands of Twitter users create many millions of very brief, even enigmatic references," said Pierre Far, CEO and Founder of Cligs. "But referring to a patent increases authority, because patents are trusted, vetted documents. Working with FreePatentsOnline, we encourage Twitter users to reference a patent page or pages, using Cligs to convert a long URL string at FreePatentsOnline to a very short one."

For example, readers can explore all of the patents of Apple Computer using this link: http://cli.gs/patentsofapplecomputer.

Patents Online also offers sumobrain.com, a free alternative to the pay services in the patent search domain. SumoBrain features full-text cross-collection searching of US & EP patents and applications, PCT documents and Japanese abstracts, and brings higher account limits and bulk PDF capabilities.

Cligs offers a set of tools that help marketers control and measure the dissemination of their messages on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and elsewhere. Cligs's three products are:
1. Cli.gs: A short URL application with built-in real time analytics, geotargeting, and social media monitoring.
2. Cli.gs/white-label: A completely brandable, short URL service with customized analytics exports that integrate into clients' business processes
3. Cli.gs/verticals: Co-branded hosted landing pages to help clients drive traffic from social media sites.

About Cligs
Cligs, founded in 2008, provides marketing tools to consumers and professional marketers. The main service, located at Cli.gs provides a URL shortener with built-in real-time analytics, social media monitoring, and geotargeting. Cligs also provides a white-label URL shortening product for large businesses requiring fully branded short URLs with analytics tailored for their business needs and co-branded vertical-specific landing pages. Learn more at http://cli.gs/LearnMore.

About FreePatentsOnline
FreePatentsOnline (FPO), founded in 2004, is the top worldwide web property in terms of audience for patent search freepatentsonline.com. The company's most recent free service, sumobrain.com, is designed for users who require more advanced features in seeking, storing and sharing data relating to intellectual property. SumoBrain allows an individual user to maintain up to 20,000 documents of patent storage, among other capabilities.

Cligs is a trademark of Cligs. CitePatents, SumoBrain and FreePatentsOnline are trademarks of Patents Online, LLC. All other product and company names are the trademarks and property of their respective owners.

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