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Ever wonder if you were violating a patent? Now you can find out with the push of a button with the patented Google Patent Search!

Just like the "arrangement of facts" case from the 1980’s, Google isn’t doing anything new here. They’re arranging publicly available information in a certain way to make it accessible and marketable. I call it a patented Google patent search because the techniques they use to search are patented and so is the search results screen layout users see upon completing their search. The Google Patent Search indexed over 7 million patents, dating back to 1790.

I find it funny, and a bit ironic, that you can now use a patented search to search for patents.