While I've previously mentioned that I use the Google Patent Search feature to research patent numbers that I find on player pianos, I found something this evening that's a real game changer. Getting right to the point, I stumbled onto a link which led to one of Google's sitemaps. Here's the first one I found:
Once I figured out that I could pick any year, followed by the underscore sign '_' and then a 3-digit number (of less than 500), I found that I could find both any patent number and any date that a patent was issued. This is important because many times the manufacturers (who did list their patents on a nameplate) quite often only list a patent date, and not a patent number.
Also, it's been my experience (as it was this evening) that even though I had a patent number, the Google Patent Search feature couldn't find it.
Knowing what I now know, I'll never use the Google Patent Search feature again. Instead, I'll modify the above link as needed to 'get in the ballpark' and go from there.
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