Patent FAQs

The Value of Patent Information

Much of the information contained within patents is never published anywhere else, so patents are indeed a unique and essential information source for uncovering new technology information.

There are over 30 million patents in the world today, and each year an average of one million new specifications are filed. This makes patents the largest single body of technological information available anywhere. Here are just a few examples of why patent intelligence is essential for every stage of a strategy to bring a technical innovation to the marketplace:

Unique Insight into Industry Developments

In order to secure rights to an invention, the inventor must keep the details secret prior to filing the patent application. So publication of a patent is often the first time that an invention has ever been disclosed. Monitoring the vital information contained within published patent documents is a great way to stay on top of key industry developments.

Extensive References to Similar Inventions

Many patent documents include search reports prepared by patent examiners. These reports may cite or reference patents and other literature related to the subject matter of the invention. This supplementary information can provide valuable background information on the development of that particular technology, saving you time in researching that topic.

Detailed Descriptions of the Invention

In order to obtain a granted patent, the technical details of the invention must be fully disclosed in the text and drawings of the patent application. The detail must be sufficient to enable an expert specialising in the same field to re-create the invention. By browsing through these full and practical descriptions, you may discover details that prompt new groundbreaking ideas of your own!

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