Patent search is not only prerequisite step in the stage gate process but is also essential work in conjunction with many business activities, including research Manufacturing, marketing, etc. Patent search is to search and analyse relevant patents prior to developing clients new inventions and getting the current technology information and future trends in specific technology areas. A by-product of the search avoids duplicating research and investment and reduces legal problem.
Creating & refining search queries(1) Using Wildcards to extend the range of a key word search A wildcard is a character that can be used as a substitute for any of a class of characters in a search, thereby greatly increasing the flexibility and efficiency of searches Kind Wildcard Meaning Example Full extension *(Asterisk) Represent to unlimited characters File*: Retrieves file, files, etc Partial extension ? (Question mark) Represent to only one character Wom?n: Retrieves women, woman, etc
Creating & refining search queries (2) Function Meaning Format Logic Product Two terms must be existed a AND b Logic sum Any one term or two terms must be existed a OR b Logic negation A specific term following “NOT” must be excluded a NOT b Order of precedence An operator within brackets has a priority (a OR b) AND c
Creating & refining search queries (3) Proximity Connectors Connector Meaning Example ( ), (w), (w/5) Requires that the search term is adjacent to one another and appear in the order designated Optic (W) fibre or Optic () five retrieves optic fibre only (n), (#n) Requires that the search term you Jason put in an order Optic? (N) fibre? Retrieves fibre optics or optical fibre Coating (3N) vehicle picks up coating material for motor vehicle, or vehicle top clear coating, etc (s) Requires that the search term in the same subfield unit. Bicycle (S) helmet