FreePatentsOnline Launches the CitePatents Program : Making it Easy for Bloggers and Journalists to Reference Patents, and Add Patent Search to Websites

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FreePatentsOnline.com (FPO) has launched an informational site, http://www.citepatents.com, to help bloggers, journalists and others easily reference patent information, and to provide a free patent search box for adding to websites with a single mouse click.

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They have the best interface and features in the inventions-database space, and as soon as they made their search capability available outside their site, I placed it on my blog right away, as a service to my readers.

Due to an impartial, peer-reviewed nature, patents are an important, frequently cited source of highly detailed, accurate technical information. Patents are uniquely powerful in citation; any writer on the web who refers to a patent with a hyperlink is footnoting a highly-credible document.

"Across the international spectrum, tens of millions of patents now exist, going back hundreds of years," said Erik Reeves, CEO of FreePatentsOnline. "It is a profoundly broad database of how things work, from every continent. Citing a patent with FPO is easy, because the FPO URL taxonomy is crystal clear."

For example, RIM, the firm behind the BlackBerry, may have avoided its patent infringement lawsuit and settlement payment of $612.5 million to Annandale, Virginia-based NTP by simply searching CitePatents.com or FreePatentsOnline.com for an electronic mail system with RF communications to mobile processors patent. The result is http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6317592.html.

"I always reference FPO when I cite patents," said Blaise Mouttet of the TinyTechIP blog. "They have the best interface and features in the inventions-database space, and as soon as they made their search capability available outside their site, I placed it on my blog right away, as a service to my readers."

At CitePatents.com, the html behind the FPO SearchBox can be grabbed and placed on a website or blog. Also, CitePatents.com has information on the differences between patents and patent applications, patent numbering, and the taxonomy of a patent document.

The FPO SearchBox is also available via http://www.widgetbox.com, as is the firm's http://www.honoringtheinventor.com blog widget, via the keyword "patent."

FreePatentsOnline.com (FPO) founded in 2004, is based in Ellicott City, Maryland. FPO is the leading web property in terms of audience for patent search. Many millions of Netizens find out how things really work via FPO. The company's new property, http://www.SumoBrain.com, serves power users seeking in-depth learnings from the world's largest database of human achievement. FreePatentsOnline™, CitePatents™, Patent Plaque™ and Plaque It!™ are trademarks of Patents Online, LLC.

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