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Lessons Tagged ‘Keywords’

Resources & Databases

The resources used in your search will directly relate to and depend on several other aspects of the Study such as the Study technology, type of research, type of literature, stage of the Study, and your level of experience.

Product NPL

Product Literature differs from Academic Literature in that it is developed to support commercial innovation and potential product development. These types of literature often come from those who have researched, invented, produced or attempted to produce these technologies.

NPL as Prior Art

NPL can be very useful as prior art, but it functions very differently from patents. Most of the time, they outperform patents in terms of the scope, specificity, and relevance of the information they provide as prior art.


When an inventor is interested in protecting their invention through the use of a patent, they are required to file a patent application to the patent office of their jurisdiction.  The application includes a description of the technology and related information to support the patent. 

Identifying Keywords

Keywords are the main driver of your search. The most successful keywords will represent the detailed aspects of the technology that make the it unique and different from any other patent.

Background Research

By gaining sufficient background knowledge of the technology, you will be able to determine where to search, what search terms to use, and which references are the most valuable.