How to Perform Prior Art Searches

IP Academy Singapore

Course introduction

The course shall guide you through patent searches in a step-by-step manner. It also covers search strategies using complimentary patent search engines, usage of syntax to increase efficiency, interpretation of patent information, preliminary review of relevant patent documents and introduction to patent intelligence.

Course Pre-Requisites

Participants should possess basic knowledge of intellectual property (IP) law, especially in the area of patents. While having deeper levels of patent knowledge and experience is helpful, there will be course time to cover the necessary patent knowledge (see course outline below).

Participants are requested to bring along a laptop or mobile devices to participate in the practical exercises designed for the course.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for business owners, officers from public agencies, researchers, engineers, lawyers, patent agents, officers from technology transfer offices.

Course Outline

0900 - 0930
Welcome Remarks
Introduction and learning objectives

0930 - 1100

  • Recap on main IP regimes
  • Class Exercise (1)
  • Patentability and prior art
  • Patent lifecycle and publication
  • Class Exercise (2)
  • Anatomy of a patent document
  • Interpreting patent information
1100 - 1115
Tea Break

1115 - 1245
  • Class Exercise (3)
  • The Art of Searching (I)
  • Where to search?
  • Making sense of syntax
  • Class Exercise (4)
1245 - 1345
Networking Lunch

1345 - 1545
  • The Art of Searching (II)
  • Determining the issues and applicability of patent searches
  • Choice of search items
  • Some search methodologies
  • Class Exercise (5)
1545 - 1600
Tea Break

1600 - 1730
  • Basics of patent Intelligence
  • Introduction to commercial patent search engines
  • Case studies
*Note: The above programme may be subject to change

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