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The cost of invalidity searching may be lessened for older target patents because the search covers patents and non-patent literature that were filed or published before the filing date of the target patent document.
Note that value-added non-patent literature databases, such as Chemical Abstracts CAplus and the corresponding SciFinder product, continue to be of good value because there are few public-domain, free-access, or value-added literature databases comparable to those in the patent space.
* Number of applicant-cited non-patent literature references;
Experimentation learning is measured using the references to non-patent literature made by the firm in its pioneering patents.
Also, it is often worthwhile to conduct a search of the patent and non-patent literature to understand the state of the art and what the inventors have therefore invented before drafting is commenced.
To see how this works, consider a hypothetical example: Multivitamins are a relatively mature category; most relevant compositions are well known in the prior art, and that art is further confused by the large quantities of non-patent literature.
The Patent Initiative also requires a mandatory search of business-related non-patent literature before a patent may be granted to a business method.
(230) The Patent Initiative also requires expanded searches of all applications in Class 705 to include foreign patent documents and "non-patent literature." (231) Finally, the Patent Initiative mandates a special "second-level review" of Class 705 patent applications.
There simply is no comparison with the quality of searches of the patent database and those of non-patent literature.
Such a search is not required, but an application will be rejected if the USPTO uncovers relevant patents or non-patent literature when it conducts its own search.
It also offers current awareness and retrospective content designed for competitive intelligence searching in the areas of corporate strategy, government, financial investments, mergers and acquisitions, and technology, plus non-patent literature searching associated with patent filings and patent litigation.