Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9:00am – 12:30pm
This free workshop will cover advanced techniques in researching patents on a global scale. Patent prior art is not limited US patents or articles published in the United States. Patent research must include an international search for prior art. Not only are international patent documents considered in the search but also any scientific, technological and/or consumer disclosed non-patent literature/articles/journals.
Patents research us ultimately about dates. When was a concept conceived? When was it first disclosed? When was it first sold?
Patents are codified in a number of ways. Here in the United States, patent examiners use the Cooperative Patent Classification system (CPC) to categorize technological or scientific disclosures. Japan has its own classification system called F-Term and F-Index. There is also the broad International Patent Classification (IPC) and the old European Patent Office and USPTO patent classification systems (ECLAand USPC).
The patent document, application or grant, contains international agreed upon bibliographic identifiers. World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Standard ST. 16 codes (kind codes) include a letter, and in many cases a number, used to distinguish the kind of patent document (e.g., publication of an application for a utility patent (patent application publication), patent grant, plant patent application publication, plant patent, or design patent) and the level of publication (e.g., first publication, second publication, or corrected publication). Internationally agreed Numbers for the Identification of (bibliographic) Data – INID codes are used by patent offices worldwide for indicating specific bibliographic data items on the title pages of application publications and patent grants. The inventor is identified by INID code 72. Application filing date is identified by INID code 22. You can use the INID codes to identify pertinent information on international patents even if you cannot read the foreign language.
All patent applications are published after 18 months all over the world. There is one exception. In the US, the inventor can opt out of the 18 month publication but loses all international rights to file. All of these identifiers help the patent researcher identify proper prior art in the patent databases and assist in expanding searches internationally.
This workshop is based on an example technology that is currently popular: the smartphone game app. The steps used in the example patent search can be applied to other technologies or scientific discoveries. This is a hands on workshop.
A major portion of the workshop will be formulating the search, covering bibliographic information contained in patent documents, patent families, and executing a patent search to identify relevant and disclosed prior art using free patent databases (USPTO, Espacenet, WIPO PatentScope, Global Dossier, Google Patents, and FreePatentsOnline) . Finding US patent examination documents using the USPTO’s PublicPAIR will be covered.
A prior knowledge of patents is preferred. This workshop will not cover the application process for seeking patent rights. It is not a beginners or basic patenting your invention workshop. Independent inventors will benefit the most from the workshop.
Wright State’s library is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center (a USPTO program) and provides access to USPTO expertise, PubWEST, Web-based Examiner Search Tool, and PubEAST, Examiner’s Automated Search Tool, the same patent databases used by US patent examiners.
Location for this workshop is WSU Dunbar Library, room 241/242
Seating for the workshop is limited.
Contact: Ran Raider- Government and Legal Information Coordinator for the University Libraries
Phone: (937) 775- 3521