Today’s content; tomorrow’s prior art

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Raju Elangovan looks at how the internet is changing how non-patent prior art is searched for and created.

A blog post can be a prior art. A paper presented in a local college department seminar and published in the college website can be a prior art. Yes, these statements disturb us. In simple terms, a prior art can be explained as a pre-existing knowledge related to an invention being claimed. In a patent life cycle, prior art searches have become a must, at different stages.

Figuring out the prior arts, reviewing and comparing with the claimed invention will lead to many decisions. Prior art searches are done for various purposes: advising  a client for the patentability of an invention, for making a decision to grant a patent by an examiner, for initiating an action, or for defending an action in invalidity proceedings by attorneys, for deciding the Freedom to Operate or for supporting R&D departments to make strategic decisions.

The purposes and the benefits of prior art searches are easily understandable by any one. But what is difficult for many is figuring out the relevant prior art in view of  the online world. Prior art search is like searching for a needle in a pile of haystacks. Why is it so? Request a free trial to read more.