The concepts of patent search and patent map will be introduced in this course. The topics of the course includes: 1. Why it is important to do patent search. 2. How to find a related prior art efficiently, 3. How to construct a patent map and exploit related information.
Week1 Introduction Week2 Patent system Week3 Patent literature Week4 Patent classification system, example: IPC (International patent system) Week5 Patent search strategy Week6 Using software or online database to do patent search Week7 Practice of patent search 1 Week8 Practice of patent search 2 Week9 Midterm report Week10 Keyword search: 1 Week11 Keyword search:2 Week12 Analysis of patent map information Week13 Making patent maps Week14 Case study: 1 Week15 Case study: 2 Week16 Case study: 3 Week17 Course review Week18 Final report
Rating and score： (1) attendance and discussions in class 40% (2) midterm report 30% (3) Final report 30%
Reference book: Patent Searching Made Easy: How to do Patent Searches Online and in the Library David Hitchcock. NOLO.