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How to Perform Prior Art Searches?

9 Nov 2017

Public CPD points: 5.5 | Practice Area: Intellectual Property | Training Category: Advanced

Is my invention new? Who owns the technology?

When charting research and development activities, do you verify if the technology already exists and if it is owned by others? Do you know that you can detect existing similar developments or inventions by conducting a prior art search?

Be trained by qualified patent examiners from the IP Office of Singapore in how they combine patent and non-patent literature in the search for prior art. The workshop shall guide you through patent searches in a step-bystep manner. It also covers search strategies, usage of syntax to increase efficiency, and identifying relevant documents via publicly available databases.


This course is suitable for business owners, officers from public agencies, researchers, engineers, lawyers, patent agents, officers from technology transfer offices.


Participants should possess knowledge of patents, components of patent specification and understand information presented in search reports.

Participants are required to bring along a laptop or mobile devices to participate in the practical exercises designed for the workshop.


Time Activity
  0900 - 0930 

Welcome Remarks

Introduction and learning objectives

  0930 - 1030 

Basics of Search

  • Why do a prior art search?
  • How to conduct a search
    • Introduction to search engines and databases
    • Classification and search strategy
  1030 - 1100  Tea Break
  1100 - 1140 

The Art of Searching (I)

  • Where to search?
  • Choice of search terms
  1140 - 1240  Practical Exercise 1
  1240 - 1340  Networking Lunch
  1340 - 1410  Review on Practical Exercise 1
  1410 - 1450 

The Art of Searching (II)

  • Making sense of syntax
  • Finding documents cited by various IP offices
  1450 - 1500  Practical Exercise 2 - Briefing
  1500 - 1530  Tea Break
  1530 - 1620 Practical Exercise 2
  1620 - 1700 Review on Practical Exercise 2 & Wrap Up

*Note: The above programme may be subject to change


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9am - 5pm (Registration starts at 830am)


IP Academy,

51 Bras Basah Road,

#01-01, Manulife Centre,

Singapore 189554


S$513.60 (Incl. GST)

Contact Person

Ms. Dilpreet Kaur

Tel: (65) 6330 8692 | Fax No: (65) 6221 8601
Email: dilpreet_kaur@ipacademy.com.sg

Mr. Jasvinder Singh

Tel: (65) 6331 6589 | Fax No: (65) 6221 8601
Email: jasvinder_singh@ipacademy.com.sg