Patent search requires substantial time tosource for and read relevant documents. Like documents.any other hard skills, it can be trained andhoned, with the right techniques and tools. tools.This 2-part series will equip you with thebasics to perform simple patent search necessary for your invention. invention.
Basics of Patent Search• Search Query (Boolean Operators, Proximity Searching)• Field Descriptions in a Patent• Patent Search Databases• Strategy to Patent Search
Basics of Patent SearchPart 1• Search Query (Boolean Operators, Proximity Searching)• Field Description in a PatentPart 2• Patent Search Databases• Strategy to Patent Search
Search Query Boolean Operators Combines words to broaden or refine the search hair hair dye hair hair dye hair hair dye dye dye dye NOT AND OR Hair Terms Hair Hair Dye DyeIncluded Hair Dye Terms Hair Dye Hair -excluded Dye Dye Decreasing Priority: NOT will be processed first, then AND, and finally OR
Search Query Other useful operators Example Explanation Hair will be given thrice the^ hair^3 dye weightage compared to dye The two words “hair” and~ “hair dye” ~5 “dye” will only be separated by 5 words at most.
Search Query Wildcard Symbols When is it used? Example Possible Results Immunity, To represent several Immunization,* characters immun* Immunizing, Immunizer To represent a single? character Immuni?? Immunity, Immunize
Field Description Just as you read this paragraph, it’s about halfthe time needed to read just one section of the patent – Abstract.You can pore over all the patents that you have diligently found. But what if you have 1000s to read? Before you become cross-eyed,here’s our suggestion on what you should focus on to get the gist of each patent.
Field Description • Summarizes the patent Abstract • Useful for the preliminary search of patents • Defines the scope of protection granted by the patent Claims • A must-read if you want to find out if there are patents similar to yours • Usually present in design patentsDrawings • Allows you to visualize the invention better • Includes “Referenced By” and “Cited References”References • Great way to find related patents • Great source of Prior Art
Abstract • Gives you an idea if this patent is worth giving further attention • If it’s relevant, export the abstract, patent number and the classification into an Excel for easier retrieval while reviewing in greater detail.
Claims Independent Claim Dependent Claim With reference to independent or dependent claims andClaim that stands on its own usually more specific than independent claims If time is running out, at least read the Independent Claims.
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