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Prior Art Search

A Prior Art Search is undertaken to ascertain whether an invention is new and non-obvious, or not. To begin with, a prior art search will uncover any knowledge existing prior to the invention at hand. This knowledge may include, but is not be limited to, patent applications, scientific theses and industrial know-how. Once this knowledge is obtained, an inventor will get an accurate idea of just how novel and non-obvious the invention is. The inventor can then re-work his invention and patent application to enable the grant of a patent for the invention. Thus, a prior art search will help distinguish between what is already known (i.e prior art) and what is new. The secondary benefit of a prior art search is that an inventor can also use such this search to understand the prevailing state of art in his field of research. This will give an idea as to how the future scope of research could be.