Patent prosecution is the patent process required to obtain a patent which involves interaction between the Assignee/Inventor or his legal epresentative and Patent Office with respect to his patent application. During the patent prosecution process, a patent application has to go through the following steps-
Freedom to Operate Search, also known as Clearance Search or Right to use search is performed to check and identify whether any in-force patents or published patent applications with claims that cover the technology, process, or product the inventor is targeting.
Boolean search is a type of patent searching that enables the users to find relevant results by combining keywords with Boolean operators. Boolean operators are used in all types of patent searching including the patentability search, validity/ invalidity search, prior art searching/ novelty search and the like.
Different Approaches for Patent Searches
Different approaches for searching patent can be categorized under the following heads:
Sequence searches, and