Quick Access to Canadian and US Patents
For Mozilla/Netscape 7 or IE

 For those that work in the Intellectual Property Field and spend most of their online time at either the Canadian Intellectual Property Office or at the United States Patent Office, you've often probably noticed at least for the USPTO website that it occasionally is slow to respond.

The USPTO website is great for doing free searches but the only problem is that the more keywords you use, the longer it takes the website to respond when you click on the search results.  The reason for this is that the USPTO website italicizes and bolds your keywords in the full text patent display. 

Obviously the more keywords you use, the more time it takes for the website to modify the text to display the bolded words.  What I began to do was to print out the search results and then do a number search for the patent I wanted to look for.  This quickened things up greatly and I found I didn't really miss the bolding that the patent office website provided since the search capabilities of my browser more then compensated for that.  However, even having to bookmark the patent number search page and typing in the number began to be a bit tedious and I began to think "Geez I wish there was a way I could just type the patent number into a toolbar and have the patent pop up."  It's possible.

Netscape/Mozilla Keyword Method


This will allow you to simply type a patent number into the address bar of Netscape/Mozilla and have the corresponding patent pop up when prefixed with the letters "US" for US patents and "CA" for Canadian patents.  A similar method is available for Internet Explorer but you have to see below.
 


I've tried to make this as easy as possible. 

First you have to bookmark the appropriate links so that they appear in your Mozilla bookmarks. 
Do this by rightclicking on the the following CIPO and USPTO links and selecting "Bookmark This Link"


CIPO-Patent Number
USPTO-Patent Number


 If you try and use these as regular bookmarks they won't work properly. 
The real power comes when you assign a keyword to these bookmarks.  To add the keyword, go into the Bookmarks Menu and Select "Manage Bookmarks".  Alternatively you can bring up the bookmarks menu by pressing Ctrl-B.
 

Find the USPTO bookmark you just added and rightclick it and select properties and then add the letters "us" to the keyword box.  Then press okay.


 

Do the same with the CIPO bookmark and use the keyword "ca".


That's it.  Now go to the address bar and type "us 1234567" or "ca 1234567" and watch the patent pop up.  Note that you have to enter in a space  between "us" and the patent number otherwise it won't work.   

 

For Internet Explorer Users


If you use Microsoft's latest browsers, IE supports a keyword method too that requires you to make some registry changes to support it.  Rather then go into the specifics, I've just provided you with the files. 
Click on the following and click open, or if you don't trust me you can download it and look through it and see that it's not malicious and then run it manually.


Windows XP/2000/Vista/7 users
Windows Me/98se


Once these files are run, your operating system will then ask if you want to add the information to your registry.  Click Yes.
Once you've done that, just type in the keyword "CA 1234567" to see the Canadian Patent and type in "US 1234567" to see the US one.  
Entering "us 5566778" into the address bar like this:


 
then leads to: