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Patent Search By

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Performed to uncover related references
May be patent/patent applications, technical papers, articles or any source open to the public

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Patentability Analysis
Freedom to Operate Analysis Landscape Analysis

Infringement Analysis
Invalidity Search

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To understand the prior arts that may affect the chance of obtaining a patent for an invention and assist in preparing the draft Novelty

Non-obviousness

Patentability Analysis

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To understand the technology and areas of

research

Landscape Analysis

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A check if a product infringes on a patent

Infringement Analysis

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A check if a product/process may be practiced in a jurisdiction

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Searching for prior art which will invalidate a patent

Invalidity Analysis

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Detailed as possible
Use as many synonyms/variations in terminology as possible Boolean operators

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A portable electronic business card device is provided with a display for displaying the information on a business card stored in the device. The displayed information may be zoomed in or zoomed out for making the information easily readable. An electronic circuit for the portable electronic business card includes a communication means connected to the display, a processor, an interface, a database, and an external memory.

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Drawbacks

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Patents are classified into various classes Search is performed within classes

Classification based searches

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IPC ECLA USPTO Classification F term Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)

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USPTO 7 step strategy
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Discover keywords Find potential classes using classification index Verify classes using classification schedule Verify scope use class definitions Search for patents in the identified classes Retrieve relevant patents Check other sources

Classification based searches

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USPTO 7 step strategy
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Discover keywords Find potential classes from relevant patents identified using the keywords Verify classes using classification schedule

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Verify scope using class definitions Search for patents in the identified classes Retrieve relevant patents
Check other sources

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