Transparent Lab: The hidden value of patent literature
Date: Thursday 17 October 2013
Venue: Goddard Building 08, Lecture Room 139
Entry Fee: Free
Details: Dr Andy Mukherji (Patent Attorney), Nicola Lake (Senior Associate, Engineering). Before starting a research project, an effective study of the state of the art is useful and advisable. It should not only focus on books and scientific journals, but also take patent information into account. The patent system is the most prolific and up-to- date source of information on applied technology. Patents contain detailed technical information, which often cannot be found anywhere else: up to 80% of current technical knowledge can only be found in patent documents. Moreover, this information is rapidly available, as most patent applications are published 18 months after the first filing of the patent application, irrespective of their country of origin.
There are good reasons to search patent literature that include:
• Avoid duplication of R&D efforts and spending
• Find solutions to technical problems
• Gather intelligence for preparing competitive grant applications.
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