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June 07, 2012



I am a journalist with a question. How can I find out when a person got a patent?

The one I'm interested in happened years ago, or so I've been told. It was a man who patented the idea of consumers using the telephone key pad to enter credit card numbers for mail-order goods.

Its a whole new arena for me, this patent stuff. Can you direct me where I might look?

Thanks in advance,
Diane Dimond


Google Patents is a great place to start (https://www.google.com/patents). Under the Advanced Search option, you can search for an inventor's name. The face of the patent will include a "Date of Patent," which indicates when the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent. Hope that helps!

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