Patent strategy depends on search and analytics

By Monika Rani Gadgala, Clairvolex Knowledge Processes

Aprior art search is an important component of any strategy to achieve maximum exploitation of intangible assets. Typically one of the first tasks performed by a patent practitioner on behalf of an inventor or IP manager, a prior art search involves the discovery of all possible literature related to an invention. The search can uncover and grant access to a whole range of relevant and valuable information contained in patents or in the public domain.

Monika Rani Gadgala,Engineer,Clairvolex Knowledge Processes
Monika Rani Gadgala
Clairvolex Knowledge Processes

Gaining access to such information has several important benefits for inventors and IP managers: (i) it aids in accurate assessment of the viability of an invention; (ii) it helps avoid unnecessary patent prosecution and litigation, which is costly and time consuming; and (iii) it minimizes the threat of opposition proceedings. These benefits often lead to savings, allowing resources to be directed more profitably into research and development.

The key elements of a prior art search are the novelty (or patentability) search, the “freedom to operate” search and the invalidity search.

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Monika Rani Gadgala is a patent engineer and leads the engineering team of the patent and analytics department at Clairvolex Knowledge Processes, a Delhi-based legal outsourcing firm.


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