Prior art research is a critical step in the patent application process. It can help determine whether an existing patent is valid or, if you are considering filing a new patent, can help you estimate the likelihood that the application will be granted. In either situation, LexisNexis® IP can help you get the job done.

Prior art research is an attempt to find information that could question the novelty or level of innovation of an invention at the time the patent application was submitted.

  • “Prior art” refers to knowledge that pre-dates the invention.
  • To receive patent protection, you must show your idea is not already known.
  • If certain aspects of your invention are already known or have been invented by others, patent protection may be available only on the novel parts of your invention.

Many publications could be reviewed in a prior art search:

  • Earlier patents
  • Pending patent applications
  • Rejected patents
  • Abandoned patents
  • Scientific publications
  • Textbooks
  • Newspapers
  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Exhibitions

Whether something is prior art depends on the filing date of the patent application in question. It is prior art if the publication or disclosure was made before (whether that is days or years) the day the patent was filed.

What tools can help me perform prior art research?

Reed Tech offers four products and services that enable intellectual property professionals to perform more efficient and thorough prior art patent searches to create more effective patent applications:

LexisNexis® TotalPatent®

This is a patent search engine with the world’s largest collection of searchable full-text and bibliographic abstract patent documents, from more than 100 patent authorities, to help you perform prior art research, including images, citations, legal status and patent family collections.

LexisNexis PatentAdvisor℠

The PatentAdvisor Document Search allows you to research and filter results for USPTO office actions, claims and responses across an extensive collection of pending, granted and abandoned patent applications. Perform office action searches, or search claims and responses, or other US patent application searches.

LexisNexis® PatentOptimizer™

This tool allows you to quickly research specific claim elements in the prior art by using advanced features such as semantic search, and capture or associate prior art reference data into an auto-generated claim hierarchy and perform prior art analysis.

IP Services

This is the best option if you just do not have the time to perform prior art research yourself because IP Services can do it for you. We deliver expert, on-point results thanks to our team of researchers who have many years of experience in specialized research.

Properly performed prior art research can mean the difference between success and failure when prosecuting or challenging a patent application. If you would like to learn more about how Reed Tech can help you and your organization, contact us today.

Related Content

Setting the Tone of Prosecution with Patent Analytics There is no perfect formula for prosecuting a patent, but there is plenty of information out there that can be used to help anticipate a patent examin...
Patent Litigation and “The Ice Cream of the Future” Dippin’ Dots are enjoyed around the world. The delicious ice cream pellets can be found most commonly at amusement parks and have been known to hit th...
Webinar Recording: Prosecution Data for Profit: Five Tips for Making the Most of Prosecution Analyti... Listen as Megan McLoughlin, product director of LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® introduces you to some of the ways that more data savvy practitioners are us...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Cookie Policy

이 웹 사이트의 쿠키 설정은 "쿠키 허용"으로 설정되어 최상의 브라우징 환경을 제공합니다. 쿠키 설정을 변경하지 않고 이 웹 사이트를 계속 사용하거나 아래의 "동의"를 클릭하면 동의하는 것입니다.