Conducting and Analyzing Prior Art Searches: Validity, Patentability, Infringement, FTO, State-of-the-Art Searches

A live 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

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This CLE webinar will guide patent counsel on structuring and conducting prior art searches using traditional and next-generation tools. The panel will also discuss the reporting of search results and offer best practices for analyzing prior art searches to maximize patent protection.

Description

Prior art searching is a critical step in the U.S. patenting process and evaluating whether issued U.S. patents will stand up under the rigors of the AIA's post-grant proceedings, U.S. district court litigation, or an International Trade Commission investigation. Also, prior art searching plays a crucial role in assessing how freely a particular technology can be utilized in the U.S. and in performing due diligence related to patent licensing or patent acquisition opportunities.

For example, the search may well be necessary for the U.S. patent applicant to avoid potential risks of third-party U.S. patents and maximize patent protection concerning a specific product or invention. Knowing other relevant patented inventions or public disclosures allows for modifications to enhance the chances of achieving meaningful, patentable, and valid patent claims.

Given the Supreme Court's recent Helsinn holding affirming that even confidential commercial sales place an invention "on sale" under 35 USC 102, knowledge of the existence, content, and timing of a client's collaborations with third parties is critical to obtaining valid patent protection. On the other hand, competitive intelligence of a competitor's business dealings may provide valuable evidence of invalidity for blocking patent rights.

Counsel must formulate a strategic approach for the different types of searches recited above. Whether designing or commissioning a search, patent counsel needs to evaluate the prior art search's scope and timing given the ultimate objective. There should be a plan to tackle the issues of what, when, and where for effecting validity or freedom to operate searches, among others.

Further, counsel must analyze and assess the search results to pursue a successful patent application, face patent challenges, and help to maximize return when the patent owner is a target in due diligence.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys examines when, how, where, and why to conduct various prior art searches, including validity, patentability, infringement, ownership, and FTO. The panel will discuss the differences and nuances in the different searches. The panel will also discuss the analysis and reporting of search results and offer best practices for conducting and analyzing prior art searches to increase your patent objectives' efficiency and effectiveness. These best practices include using new AI technologies, which will be discussed as well.

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Outline

  1. Prior art searches
    1. Patentability
    2. Validity
    3. FTO (infringement)/clearance/due diligence
    4. State-of-the-art
    5. Assignment/ownership
  2. Structuring and conducting the search
    1. Purpose
    2. Timing
    3. Scope
    4. Searching non-English language patents/applications
    5. Using AI tools such as natural language processing and machine learning
  3. Analyzing and presenting search results

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the critical considerations when determining what, when, how, and where to search?
  • What are the critical components of an effective search strategy, analytical process, and follow-up steps to enhance the possibilities of ensuring a successful patent application?
  • How can Artificial Intelligence be leveraged to create an effective search strategy?

Faculty

Curcio, Stephanie
Stephanie Curcio

Co-founder
Legalicity

Ms. Curcio is an intellectual property lawyer and the co-founder of Legalicity, a Toronto-based legal technology...  |  Read More

Irving, Thomas
Thomas L. Irving

Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Mr. Irving has 35 years of experience in the field of IP law. His practice includes due diligence, patent prosecution,...  |  Read More

Johns, Christopher
Christopher C. Johns

Attorney
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Mr. Johns maintains a diverse patent practice, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to...  |  Read More

Jordahl, Kim
Kim Jordahl

Founder
KSJLaw

Ms. Jordahl has extensive experience in portfolio management and IP strategy, as well as in the preparation and...  |  Read More

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