Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I print a patent?
The easiest way to print a specific patent is to locate it using Google Patents and use their PDF option.
If you are searching in the USPTO web site, you are first presented with the full text of the patent in HTML format.* In that window you may print using your browser's Print function the way you would any other web site.
*If a patent was granted before 1976, html versions are not available. Read on.
The html version does not include the drawings or illustrations that are part of the patent, however. To view those you must click on the Images button at the top of the screen.
To view the images, you must have a TIFF image viewer plugin for IE installed.
This version includes the text description along with the drawings. To print those pages, you must use the print icon within the image window (NOT the browser window) to print one page at a time (print a page, turn the page, print that page, etc.).
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