Prior Art Searches

Prior Art Searches

Critical to any patenting process is the Prior Art Search which allows one to know what products and services are already in the marketplace that could cause your patent not to be issued. The idea behind a Prior Art Search is to ascertain the novelty of the invention as well as clearly establish what is already known about the invention. Of importance to note is the fact that prior art covers all material and information that has been made public anywhere in the world in any form or format before your invention is released or disclosed. The material concerned is not only limited to the previously published patents but also all non-patent literature such as academic papers, journal articles, YouTube videos, blogs etc.

For a patent to be granted, it has to meet three basic requirements- which are;
New – the invention has to be new or novel, which is to say, it must not have been made available to the public in any way or form prior to your disclosure.
Inventive – the invention must involve an inventive step and must not be obvious to a person who is reasonably skilled in the art.
Utility – patent law requires that an invention must be capable of application in trade or industry or agriculture.