Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mountain Lion: U.S. downloading problem in Patent Grabber

There is a problem when Patent Grabber tries to download U.S. patents and applications from the USPTO under OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Since the USPTO patent pages are in TIFF format, Patent Grabber must convert each page of a patent to PDF format before combining the pages into a single PDF file. Under Mountain Lion the TIFF-to-PDF conversion has stopped working.

The work-around until I find a fix is to download U.S. patents and applications using Patent Grabber's "International" function. However, remember to precede each number with "US".

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