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.

To download or read the paper in full please click here.

27th September, 2013


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