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. This search is useful for locating information about published patent documentsinvolving specific companies or individuals, as applicants, assignees, patentees or inventors.5.
Technological Activity Search
. This search is useful for identifying companies and/or inventorswho are active in a specific field of technology or locating countries in which a certaintechnology is being patented.6.
. The objective this search is to locate patents and published patentapplications which might be infringed on by a given industrial activity.7.
Patent Family Searches
. This kind of search is carried out to identify a member of a “patentfamily.” Patent family searches are used in order to:
Find the countries in which a given patent application has been filed (if published);
Find a “patent family member” that is written in a desired language;
Obtain a list of prior art documents or “References Cited”;
Estimate the importance of the invention (by number of patent documents relating tothe same invention and being published in different countries or by industrial propertyorganizations).8.
Legal Status Search
. A search for this type of investigation is made to obtain information on thevalidity (status) of a patent or a published patent application, on a given date, under theapplicable patent legislation in one or more countries.9.
. This type of search is carried out to determine the equivalent Philippinepatent of an application or a patent already granted outside the Philippines.
PATENT SEARCH STRATEGY
Determine the subject to be searched and the type of search to be carried out.
The subject of search may include processes, products, apparatus or materials (or theway these are used or applied).
Know the important features or embodiment of the application by taking note of therelevant keywords. The keywords are user-generated search terms that are expectedto be found in the text or content of the relevant document.
For pharmaceutical compound, it is important to know the structural formula or thechemical name. If the generic name is given, refer to the Merck Index to get thestructural formula as well as the granted foreign patents relating to the compound.2.
Determine the corresponding international classification.
For most of the search types, the IPC search file is the primary search tool used bypatent searchers.3. After determining the correct classification, keywords and or the structural formula, manual or electronic search may now be conducted.
Scan through the IPC search files with the corresponding class(es).
The inventor index and assignee search files may also be used depending onthe available data.