Patentability and State of the Art Searching

A new comprehensive and practical two day seminar covering Patentability and State-of-the-art Searching

9-10 Oct 2018

GBP 1,299
EUR 1,819
USD 2,026

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Course Overview

A new comprehensive and practical two day seminar covering topics such as: Background and motivations to patentability searching: differences between state of the art, patentability and landscaping; Choosing a data collection: Understanding the background to a search; Fundamentals of search scope; Tools and methods for searching and analysis; Communication aspects.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Background and motivations to patentability searching
  • Differences between state-of-the-art, patentability and landscaping
  • Choosing a data collection
  • Understanding the background to a search
  • Fundamentals of search scope
  • Tools and methods for searching and analysis
  • Communication aspects


Please note we are also running:

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This meeting runs back-to-back with Freedom to Operate Searching on 8 February 2018 and there is a £100/€140 discount off Freedom to Operate Searching when booked together.

To register on both events events click HERE

To find out more call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7749 4730 or e-mail

Who should attend

  • All those working in IP or patent information or patent engineer roles either in industry or legal businesses
  • R&D scientists and engineers wanting to ensure they are not ‘re-inventing the wheel’
  • Customer service and training representatives in the commercial information provider community who want to know more about what their customers do with patent data

Programme Day One

Introduction to searching in the patent literature

  • How patents differ from other technical documents

Choosing a data collection; understanding the range of databases available

  • The impact of search engine or vendor choice
  • The human factor; understanding the role of the searcher
  • Pre-search briefing and post-search reporting; communication aspects

Background and motivations to patentability searching; extent, timing, caveats

  • Understanding the background to a search
  • Using secondary and tertiary literature sources

Fundamentals of the search scope

  • Defining a search for universal novelty
  • Searching for (lack of) inventive step
  • Some differences in US practice
  • Overall search protocols; narrowing or widening the scope
  • Methods for searching by subject; text, classifications, citations, text-mining
  • Approaches to multi-lingual sources; document translation, query translation, abstraction

Programme Day Two

Background and definition of state-of-the-art searching

  • The differences between state-of-the-art, patentability and landscaping
  • Scoping the request for state-of-the-art
  • Practical workshop: Searching for state-of-the-art

Analysis tools; overview and practical session

  • Communication aspects

Evaluating search results against the search definition; iterations of search

  • Indirect methods for identifying additional prior art: inventor/assignee, technical equivalents
  • Special aspects of searches in different technical fields; chemical, electrical, mechanical
  • Specialist tools in chemistry and life sciences

Brief overview on distinctions between patentability and validity searching


Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams is Director of Magister Ltd, a patents documentation consultancy and training service. He worked in technical information for over 20 years, latterly for nearly 9 years with Zeneca Agrochemicals (now Syngenta) as their principal patent searcher. He is Director-at-Large for PIUG Inc.

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9-10 Oct 2018
9-10 Oct 2018 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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