Overview• What is Prior Art?• What is the Goal of Patent Search?• Why perform Patent Search?• What is the most cost-effective Patent Search for a start-up?
Before applying for a Patent,you have to do more than a Patent Search…
Prior Art Patents Scientific Journals Publications (Books, Magazines etc) Prior Art= Any information that is made public and related to your invention
Goal of Patent Search To find prior patents that are similar to your invention and hope that there isn’t any.
Why do you need to patent search? Save Save Save Embarrassment Money Time Better quality patent applicationNote that there is no one method of patent search that can ensure that all grounds are covered.
What is the most co t-effectivestrategy of Patent Search for a start-up?
Here’s what we suggest: If nothing similar If something similar to your invention to your invention Own Professional Invention Patentpreliminary Search modification Application search If something similar to your invention
Why not get a professional search immediately?• Cost (needless to explain further)• Delays the filing of your patent application Someone can file for the same/similar patent ahead of you (In this case, you might want to file for provisional patent application first)• Extracts first-hand knowledge or inspiration from other patents related to your field
When to engage a professional patent search immediately?If your invention• Is relatively simple• Is in the Low-tech field• Isn’t fully developed• Is marginally useful• Uses old technology• Resembles an existing invention
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