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CODEx Spring 2018: Patents

In this guide:

Why should I care patent?

•Identify inventions protected by patents, in particular to avoid infringement and seek opportunities for licensing;
•Monitor activities of potential partners and competitors both within the country and abroad;
•Identify market niches or discover new trends in technology or product development at an early stage.

 

Where to find patents?

Google Patents

includes 'Find Prior Art' option to search multiple sources (Patents, Books, Scholar, Web) and fine tune by inventor (people facet) as well as dates.

European Patent Office (EPO)- Espacenet

covers close to 100 million documents from 92 different countries, including complete backfiles from many (including non-European) countries.

 

Understand patent information

Who

•Inventor(s)- who invented the patent
•Applicant(s)- who holds the rights of exclusive use of a patent

 

What 

description of the claimed invention and related developments in the field of technology

Why and how

list of claims indicating the scope of patent protection sought by the applicant.

When

Priority Date in Priority Number: the date when a patent application is firstly filed at a patent office. Once the patent is granted, the inventor will have the exclusive right to use his invention from the filing date.
-A standard patent lasts for up to 20 years.
-An innovation patent only lasts for up to eight years.
-Pharmaceutical patents can last up to 25 years.
•Legal status: grant, application, withdrawn, expired, abandoned, etc.

 

Where

•In application number or publication number, Country codes  means in which countries the patent is protected.
•WO covers 117 countries now, a patent with WO in publication number is protected worldwide.

 

See more information at Patent Study Guide