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Ei Patents Adds the World Intellectual Property Organization Database

on Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:26

A patent is a government authority or license that provides a sole title to an invention or innovation for a certain length of time, protecting the originator’s rights to sell, make, or use an invention.

Since engineers are often on the front line of innovation, understanding the patent landscape around a field of interest is of utmost importance. A patent literature search is often done to ensure that proprietary innovations are just that – proprietary – and help engineers and their institutions avoid litigation or wasted time.

Still, patent literature review is sometimes overlooked as part of the research process. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of the technical content in patents is not published in other sources*. So, a typical literature review of journals and books is not enough to ensure idea originality.

In addition, Russel J Genet, a partner with Nixon Peabody LLP says, “Engineers are very bright, highly educated individuals. Many times they develop a new invention but fail to realize it may be patentable. What is an obvious design for the master engineer might not be so obvious under proper patent law analysis.”**

To mitigate the risks and help engineers find the patents they need, Engineering Village (through Ei Patents) has just indexed 4M+ patents from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This provides engineers access to patent inventions that are considered important enough by their applicants to seek protection internationally in many different world markets.

So, the next time you need to do a “prior art” literature search, turn to Ei Patents to discover patent records from the USPTO, EPO, and now WIPO. Reasons to perform a prior art search include†:

  • To prove your idea is new and original
  • See how your idea fits in the technological field
  • Check patents of other people in your field
  • Look for inventions that you might accidentally infringe on if you bring a product to market

Plus, with twelve other databases on Engineering Village, you can discover patents on top of other must-have content for engineers to increase research success and thoroughness. Additionally, you can use features like the numeric search and numerical data indexing to find patents based on numeric properties, such as the bit rate of a microchip.

To get started, go to www.engineeringvillage.com. If you’re not a customer of Ei Patents on Engineering Village, visit www.elsevier.com/engineeringvillage to learn more.

 

* http://istl.org/17-summer/refereed2.html#21
** https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/legal-issues-for-engineer...
https://www.upcounsel.com/prior-art-search