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It provides a broader view of the technological advancements done so far in a specific technology segment. It helps to determine how a technology evolved with time and what is the most advanced version of the technology at present date.
It also helps in determining problems or challenges in a particular technology that researchers are trying to solve, what methods are being used to solve those problems and challenges and how efficiently the challenges are met with technology advancements. Patents as and non-patent literature are considered as valid prior arts for State-of-the-Art Search.
It is crucial for decision making processes such as whether or not to continue a commercial plan and/or to amend RnD directions etc.
With increase in IP strategies by corporates, one is not capable to build a rich IP portfolio without performing a thorough State of the Art Search. Smart companies undertake State of the Art Searches on a regular basis to double-check their bearings and confirm that their present RnD strategies are still most likely to give greatest results for their shareholders and investors.
Non-availability of freely accessible patents and/or pending patent applications.
Dispersed and paid patent search platforms (XLSCOUT, Derwent Innovation, Questel Orbit, PatSnap, PatBase, and so on.)
Very large volume of already published documents
Complete manual search & analysis resulting in a higher cost of review
No integration with recent AI & ML-based analysis technologies
The state-of-the-art search helps the client to understand what has already been worked upon in the prior art, what kind of technologies, challenges and problems are faced and discovered.
This further helps a company to steer their R&D accordingly in order to work on the area that are less explored and problems with challenges that are still not met. This is because there is no use of working on the technologies or domains that are already explored enough
There are new technologies coming into effect each day and it is hard for the companies to cope up with the speed of new inventions. This results in a difference between customer requirements and products in line of a company. Also, the company may fall behind its competitors.
To challenge the status quo, one must be aware and in touch with new technological advancements to meet the consumer needs.
State of the art search can help you to do so.
A client may have an idea/disclosure in mind. The disclosure can be read, understood and discussed if required with the client. Prepare key features based on the disclosure.
The team will search for what and what not is already present in the art according to the disclosure of the invention. Both patent and non-patent literature is considered as prior-art for this search.
A state-of-the-art search provides an in-depth look at technology in a particular sector, one can conduct the state-of-the-art search and then can mould their R&D with new sort of ideas by analysing the outcome from the state-of-the-art study.
An assigned team goes through client disclosure and instructions to understand client requirements for the search.
Analyse, draft and get approved key features according to subject disclosure.
Perform a first-pass search on in-house XLSCOUT Novelty Checker Tool.
The team will then search on different paid and free databases for patent and non-patent literature.
Prepare a report as per client requirements & allotted budget hours.
Schedule a client call for discussion of results as per the client availability. (if required)
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State-of-the-Art Search is a prior-art search for published patent and non-patent literature in a particular area or sub-domain of a technology. The goal of the state-of-the-art search is to identify most recent publications in an area of interest of a certain technical field.
This search provides detailed insights on how the technology improved with time, what advancements were made to the technology to make it more and more efficient to meet the requirements of current scenarios.
Before entering a new technology segment, it is beneficial for the companies/inventors to get a State of the Art Search performed to have a better understanding of the most recent break-throughs and what areas or domains of the technology segment have already been explored. State of the Art Search may be used to assess the technology segment’s competitiveness as well as the potential of long-term profitability in the area. It helps the clients to assess, evaluate and modify their research & development strategies in a better way.
The prior art may be made on many elements including patents, published patent applications, and non-patent literature. Non-Patent literature may include books, evidence of sale or usage, videos, technical standards, white papers, journals, physical forms, and online resources.
It simply indicates that your invention is not unique and has already been filed. If you still want to patent your invention, then you may amend the claims or improve/modify your invention
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