McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP partner Joseph Herndon and patent agent Alexander Georges co-authored an article entitled, “The Art of Prior Art Searching” that appears in the January 2015 online edition of IP Today. Prior to filing a patent application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), an applicant seeking patent protection for an invention should consider conducting a prior art search. Also known as a patentability search, a prior art search involves discovering and examining art, such as issued patents, published patent applications, and other published documents, that can affect the potential to obtain a patent on the invention. More exhaustive prior art searches may also include discovering and examining any prior uses or prior sales of technology related to the invention. View the article (subscription required)
Note: this article originally appeared in the MBHB Fall 2014 edition of snippets publication.