Prior Art Search

Faster, More Comprehensive Prior Art Search

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Prior Art Search overwhelming? Let’s talk about where to start!

Prior Art Research: the first step in any patent application process

Patenting an invention and maintaining that patent is expensive. Bringing a new product to market is even more complex. Before embarking on such a journey, wouldn’t you like to know your chances of success?

Prior art research is an attempt to find information that could question the novelty or level of innovation of an invention at the time the patent application is submitted. It is a critical first step in the patent application process.

“Prior art” refers to knowledge that pre-dates the invention. To receive patent protection, you must show your idea is not already known. If certain aspects of your invention are already known or have been invented by others, patent protection may be available only on the novel parts of your invention.

Where to look for Prior Art?

Many publications could be reviewed in a prior art search:

· Earlier patents

· Pending patent applications

· Rejected patents

· Abandoned patents

· Scientific publications

· Textbooks

· Newspapers

· Lectures

· Demonstrations

· Exhibitions

Whether something is prior art depends on the filing date of the patent application in question. It is prior art if the publication or disclosure was made before (whether that is days or years) the day the patent was filed.

How can LexisNexis help you perform prior art research?

LexisNexis IP offers three solutions that enable intellectual property professionals to perform more efficient and thorough prior art patent searches to create more effective patent applications:

LexisNexis® TotalPatent One®

This is a patent search engine with the world’s largest collection of searchable full-text and bibliographic abstract patent documents, from more than 100 patent authorities, to help you perform prior art research, including images, citations, legal status and patent family collections.

LexisNexis PatentAdvisor℠

The PatentAdvisor Document Search allows you to research and filter results for USPTO office actions, claims and responses across an extensive collection of pending, granted and abandoned patent applications. Perform office action searches, or search claims and responses, or other US patent application searches.

LexisNexis® PatentOptimizer™

This tool allows you to quickly research specific claim elements in the prior art by using advanced features such as semantic search, and capture or associate prior art reference data into an auto-generated claim hierarchy and perform prior art analysis.

Let us know your Prior Art Search challenge and find out how we can help!

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