State-of-Art Patent Search (SOA)

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State-of-the-Art Patent Search

It provides a broader view of the technological advancements made so far in a specific technology segment. It helps to determine how technology evolved with time and what is the most advanced version of the technology at the 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 technological advancements. Patents 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 an increase in IP strategies by corporates, one is not capable of building a rich IP portfolio without performing a thorough state of art search. Smart companies undertake state of art searches on a regular basis to double-check their bearings and confirm that their present RnD strategies are still most likely to give the greatest results for their shareholders and investors.

Challenges Faced While Conducting State-of-the-Art Patent Search

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.)

Immense standard documents (more than 500K+ relevant documents)тАЛ

A very large volume of already published documents

Non-availability of a single-point search engine for the standard documentsтАЛ

Complete manual search & analysis resulting in a higher cost of review

No integration with recent AI & ML-based analysis technologies

Our Services

Steer R&D in right direction

The state-of-the-art landscape patent search helps the client to understand what has already been worked upon in the domain, and what kind of technologies, challenges, and problems are faced and discovered. 

This further helps a company to steer its R&D accordingly in order to work on the areas that are less explored and problems with challenges that are still not met. This is because there is no use in working on the technologies or domains that are already explored enough 

Get familiar with new technology domain

New technologies are coming into effect each day and it is becoming hard for companies to cope 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 consumer needs. 

State of the art search can help you to do so. 

Discover prior arts

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.


Our Methodology

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 mold their R&D with new sort of ideas by analyzing the outcome from the state-of-the-art study.

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  • An assigned team goes through client disclosure and instructions to understand client requirements for the search.

  • Understand your product portfolio and identify relevant portfolio of focus

    Analyze, draft and get approved key features according to the subject disclosure.

  • Perform a first-pass search on the 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’s availability (If required).

Why TT Consultants?

Experienced team comprising Ph.D. holders, Indian Patent Agents, and Master's degree holders from reputed universities having expertise in core domain

Blend of human & machine intelligence - Use of BERT, NLP, Cognitive Computing, ML etc., in initial screening of results

In-house video search tool which extracts all the relevant videos, scrapes the captions/subtitles and makes it searchable in limited time

In-house knowledge/keywords database (Technical Corpus)

XLSCOUT novelty checker – AI & ML driven first cut analysis

Image based search and native search provision.

Standard search - In-house developed standard search tool for better searching within long documents

Internal tools to make large PDFs searchable with proximity operators

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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 the most recent publications in an area of interest of a certain technical field.


This patent art search provides detailed insights into how the technology improved with time, and 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 breakthroughs 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 for long-term profitability in the area. It helps the clients to assess, evaluate and modify their research & development strategies in a better way. 

  • Clients, companies, and/or inventors who want to break into a new technology area. 
  • Those who need to fine-tune and/or modify the directions of their existing research strategies, RnD, or commercial plans. 

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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