DescriptionWhether you're a patent examiner, patent attorney, commercial patent searcher, patent liaison, IP librarian, law professor, or competitive intelligence analyst, you'll find Patent Searching: Tools and Techniques to be just the guide you have been waiting for, with a range of approaches to patent searching that will be useful to you regardless of your technical expertise or role in the intellectual property community.
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Chapter 1: Patent Law and Examination as Context for Patent Searching.
The U.S. Patent System.
Look before You Leap: Considerations before Filing.
Patent Examination Process.
Backlog of Patent Applications.
Chapter 2: Types of Patent Searches.
State of the Art.
Benefits of Prior Art Searching.
Chapter 3: The Mechanics of Searching.
Properly Scoping the Search.
Conducting the Search.
Issues Peculiar to Certain Technical Disciplines.
Estimating Search Time.
Chapter 4: Patent Analysis.
The Precursor to Patent Analysis.
Searches versus Analyses: What’s the Difference?
Features of Patent Analyses and Reporting.
Sample Patent Analysis Report.
Chapter 5: Approaches to Reporting Search Results.
Purpose of the Search Report.
Anatomy of a Search Report.
Writing a Summary.
Presenting the Subject Matter.
Central and Peripheral References.
Chapter 6: Search Tools.
The Availability of Patent Information.
Criteria for Selecting Search Tools.
When to Select a Search Tool.
Data Sources for Chemical Searches.
Data Sources for Mechanical Searches.
Data Sources For Electrical/Computer Searches.
Data Sources for Business Methods Searches.
Methods of Access.
Text Search Syntax.
Discussion of Specific Search Tools.
Access to Nonpatent Literature.
Value-Added Capabilities of Search Tools.