AOP Community Resources

Parts of a Study

Study Page

The Study page provides the details of the research request.  It includes information about the subject of the Study (e.g. patent or technology area), the description of the information we are requesting (e.g. prior art), and other guidelines specific to the Study.  Keep these details in mind at all stages of your research.

Basic Study Information

The following details are provided at the top of each Study page:

  • Study Title – The Study Title identifies the subject of the Study.
  • Study ID – The Study ID is a unique number used to identify the Study on the site. Aside from the top of the Study page, you may also see the Study ID in the URL.
  • Category – The Category is the general technology area of the Study.  You may use this to find other related Studies.
  • Research Type – The Research Type is the general form of research the Study requires.  Use this to understand the general goal of the Study. (More Info)
  • Expiration Date – The Expiration Date is the deadline for submissions.  The Study will accept submissions until 12 noon ET on the indicated Expiration Date.
  • Reward – Click on the icon next to the Reward amount to see how the Reward will be distributed.
  • Qualify – Click on the Qualify button to complete the Eligibility Questionnaire for the Study. For some Studies, the full Study description is available only to qualified Researchers.
  • Respond – Click on the Respond button to make a submission.  The Respond button is enabled once you have qualified for the Study.
Study Details

The requirements of the Study are outlined in the succeeding sections of the Study page:

  • Description – The Description provides greater detail about the technology and the general characteristics of the requested information.
  • Study Downloads – Files may be available for download depending on the nature of the Study.  For most prior art searches, for example, links to the the related patent(s) may be provided.  Relevant figures and illustrations may also be displayed.
  • Latest Date for Responses (LDR) – When applicable, a latest date for responses is provided.  Only documents published on or before the LDR will be accepted. (More Info)
  • Research Requirements – The Research Requirements list the most important elements your submission needs to match.  The Review Team will look for these elements when they review and rank your submissions. (Please refer to the section below for more information about the elements outlined in the Research Requirements.)  When available or applicable, a list of known prior art will also be provided.  Any document cited in the Study patent and the list of known prior art will not be accepted.
  • Study Guidelines – This is a quick summary of all the guidelines that apply to the Study.  Please refer to the section on Policies for more information about general rules and guidelines that apply to all Studies.
  • Lead – While a Study is ongoing, the Review Team may have additional information to help guide the Researchers in a specific direction.   When available, this information is shown in a clearly marked blue box at the top of the page. Leads are only visible to Researchers who have already completed the Eligibility Questionnaire for that Study.
Research Requirements

The Research Requirements are presented in outline form to establish the relationship of the elements to each other. An icon next to each element indicates if it is a priority, conditional, or optional element. To facilitate the review of your submission, you will be asked to highlight the specific sections of the text that correspond to the elements of the Research Requirements.

  • A priority element has a ★ (black star) next to it. Ideally, all priority elements are present in your submission. While a submission may still be in-scope even if it does not cover all the Priority elements, it will have a higher chance of winning the Reward if it covers most, if not all the Priority elements.
  • A conditional element has a ☆ (white star) next to it. Refer to the parent requirement of the conditional element to understand when this element is required. For example, a parent requirement may ask for two out of six listed elements. In this case, all six elements under the parent are marked with ☆, and you have to meet at least two to fulfill the requirement.
  • An optional element has an ❋ (eight-pointed asterisk) next to it. Optional elements are not required to be present in your submission. The Client, however, prefers to see these elements if they are present.