When charting research and development activities, do you verify if the technology already exists and if it is owned by others? Do you know that you can detect existing similar developments or inventions by conducting a prior art search?
Be trained by qualified patent examiners from the IP Office of Singapore in how they combine patent and non-patent literature in the search for prior art. The workshop shall guide you through patent searches in a step-bystep manner. It also covers search strategies, usage of syntax to increase efficiency, and identifying relevant documents via publicly available databases.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course is suitable for business owners, officers from public agencies, researchers, engineers, lawyers, patent agents, officers from technology transfer offices.
Participants should possess knowledge of patents, components of patent specification and understand information presented in search reports.
Participants are required to bring along a laptop or mobile devices to participate in the practical exercises designed for the workshop.
| 0900 - 0930
Introduction and learning objectives
| 0930 - 1030
Basics of Search
- Why do a prior art search?
- How to conduct a search
- Introduction to search engines and databases
- Classification and search strategy
| 1030 - 1100
| 1100 - 1140
The Art of Searching (I)
- Where to search?
- Choice of search terms
| 1140 - 1240
||Practical Exercise 1
| 1240 - 1340
| 1340 - 1410
||Review on Practical Exercise 1
| 1410 - 1450
The Art of Searching (II)
- Making sense of syntax
- Finding documents cited by various IP offices
| 1450 - 1500
||Practical Exercise 2 - Briefing
| 1500 - 1530
| 1530 - 1620
||Practical Exercise 2
| 1620 - 1700
||Review on Practical Exercise 2 & Wrap Up
*Note: The above programme may be subject to change