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Patent Searching Guide - Conducting Patent Searches in Asia

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Patent Searching Guide - Conducting Patent Searches in Asia

Patent Searching Guide for Conducting Patent Searches in Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong - Patent Attorney for Filing PCT Foreign Patents

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Patent Searching Guide - Conducting Patent Searches in Asia

  1. 1. Patent Searching Guide Patent Protection in Asia
  2. 2. 2 Asian Patent Searches – Patent and Non-patent Literature • General Patent Search – Patent Scan Search • Novelty Search – Patentability Analysis • Patent Validity Search – Invalidation Analysis • Patent Infringement Search – Infringement Analysis • State of Art Search – Patent Technology Landscape • Freedom to Operate – Product Clearance Analysis • Design Patent Search
  3. 3. 3 General Patent Search in Asia – Patent Scan Search • Done before filing a patent • Low cost, basic and general patent search • Brief analysis of concept of proposed invention • Keywords used to form basic patent search strings • Abstract / brief description of invention needed • Known prior art used to scan field of invention
  4. 4. 4 Novelty Search – Patentability Analysis in Asia • Systematic prior art search to determine patent eligibility • Based on patent classification followed by patent offices within Asia • Search strings include combination of keyword with patent classification • Aimed at determining novelty / patentability of a new invention
  5. 5. 5 Patent Validity Search – Invalidation Analysis in Asia • First step includes determination of patent claims or relevant features of interest of proposed invention • Aimed at determining documents or prior art that can be used to invalidate the proposed invention • Search strings include combination of keywords, patent classification & forward / backward patent citations • Patent / non-patent references are equally relevant
  6. 6. 6 Patent Infringement Search – Infringement Analysis in Asia • Aimed at searching patents that may be infringed by the manufacture, sale or use of a specific article, apparatus or process covered under proposed invention • Legal status of relevant patents extremely important • Search focused on relevant claims that are enforceable in jurisdiction (country) of interest
  7. 7. 7 State of Art Search – Patent Technology Landscape in Asia • Aimed at highlighting a particular technology sector • Search includes granted patents and patent publications within a specific area of interest • Goal of search is important to perform analysis • Technology landscape and state of art search results can be used for product positioning within markets of interest
  8. 8. 8 Freedom to Operate – Product Clearance Analysis in Asia • FTO Search covers pending patent applications and granted patent applications in a particular jurisdiction • Product Clearance Search includes legal status • Jurisdiction / country of interest is crucial for FTO search and analysis • Conducted for technology that is crucial for product launch
  9. 9. 9 Design Patent Search in Asia • Searches conducted against a specific design • Aimed at establishing novelty of design • Can also be used to ascertain validity, right-of-use, or state- of-the-art • Locarno classification used to define search strings • Analysis of design images included in design patents is crucial
  10. 10. 10 TECH CORP GROUP PATENT SEARCHES, PATENT DRAFTING AND PCT NATIONAL PHASE ENTRY IN ASIA

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