Apatent document fully discloses the working of an invention in a particular field of technology. The technical details of more than 70% of the world’s major innovations are made publicly available through granted patents and published patent applications. These information-dense documents typically have much more to offer than just an answer to the question, “How does it work?”
In almost all jurisdictions, the typical patent publication has face page details which include the assignee name, date of filing, date of publication, forward and backward citations and related information.
Some patent offices provide a complete patent specification which requires that the inventive concept involved be disclosed in detail.
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TS Sharat is a senior patent engineer and leads the Intellectual Property Support Services Unit at Clairvolex Knowledge Processes, a Delhi-based legal outsourcing firm.
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