Prior Art Search — the golden standard

A new paper from Don­al O’Connell focus­ing on pri­or art seach­es and what is con­sid­ered the gold stan­dard.

Pri­or art or state of the art or back­ground art in most sys­tems of patent law con­sti­tutes all infor­ma­tion that has been made avail­able to the pub­lic in any form before a giv­en date that might be rel­e­vant to a patent’s claims of orig­i­nal­i­ty. If an inven­tion has been described in the pri­or art, a patent on that inven­tion is not valid.

It is there­fore of no sur­prise that pri­or art search­ing is a key offer­ing by IP Firms and IP Ser­vice Providers and is a key part of the work con­duct­ed by the Patent Exam­in­er at the Patent Office.

But what con­sti­tutes a good or rather a com­pre­hen­sive, thor­ough pro­fes­sion­al high qual­i­ty pri­or art search. This paper aims to define the ‘gold stan­dard’ with respect to pri­or art search­ing.

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27th September, 2013

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