This three-module Video on Demand course is designed to introduce or enhance the knowledge of patent attorneys and agents, inventors, paralegals and research managers on how to conduct a professional patent search. Patent searching is both an art and a science, and search capability improves with practice. But, optimum practice requires a solid foundation for those who seek to conduct searches accurately and efficiently. This course teaches when, how, where and why to conduct a search and is appropriate for those who will conduct the search or commission it.
The course was designed and written by twelve experienced patent information specialists with expertise in both English and foreign language searching. It is taught by Matthew Rodgers, Vice President of Patent Searching and Analytics, Landon IP, and a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Unlike courses that are taught by competing database providers, these modules are not tied to a particular search engine, a database product or a patent information service. Instead, the instructor teaches skills that are applicable across databases, both proprietary and public, and without bias toward the features of a particular search engine.
Published April 2009.
Methods to Improve Your Patent Search Module 1: Search Mechanics and Searching for Patentability
Projected State Bar CLE Credit: 1.0 hour (See state level details below)
Course available online only
Upon completion of Module 1: Search Mechanics and Searching for Patentability, the viewer will have learned:
- How to approach a search in a systematic, methodical and exhaustive way.
- How to properly scope the search before even beginning.
- How to carefully search by classification, text query progression and citations, knowing the benefits and pitfalls of each.
- How to systematically evaluate references.
- Issues unique to searching within specific technical disciplines.
- Approaches to searching non-English-language patents and published applications.
- Approaches to searching non-patent literature.
- Approaches to reporting search results.
Purchase Module 1 from our storefront.
State Level CLE Information:
PRG works closely with CLE states to obtain state bar credit for our Video on Demand Courses. We are currently in the process of obtaining state credit for this course in numerous states, so please check back if your state is not listed, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will notify you when your state is active.
The course materials (lecture slides, textbook and course evaluation form) will be available for you to view and/or download when you access your purchased Video on Demand course in the VOD player. Please note that the course evaluation form is required for CLE or CPD credit. Once you have completed viewing your VOD course, please fill out the course evaluation form, enter the CLE codes (a six-character code in red font in the lower left corner of a slide in each section), and check the self-certification boxes. Email the completed evaluation form to email@example.com. PRG will provide you with a certificate of completion and will file your paperwork with the state within 10 business days.
Please note that some states limit the number of hours that attorneys can participate in self-study activities to obtain CLE credit. Rules vary by state, so please check your state rules.
If you have any questions about the CLE process for our Video on Demand courses, please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course (Modules 1, 2 and 3) is approved for CLE credit in the following states:
California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Texas
Upon request, we will submit this course for CLE approval in the following states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.