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Accelerated Examination Searches

PATSCAN professionals will work with your legal team under a confidentiality agreement to provide an exhaustive search report with supporting documentation complying with USPTO rules. Our search covers US patents and published applications, foreign patent documents, and technical literature from a range of subject specific databases. Please contact us for a price quote, based on the number of claims in your patent application. Under the USPTO rules for Accelerated Examination, each independent and dependent claim must be analyzed against prior art references. Below is a summary of the USPTO guidelines for Accelerated Examination documentation:

1. Identification of appropriate fields of search including classes and subclasses of US and International patent classifications.

2. Documentation of each search strategy conducted on every specific database searched, including dates.

3. An identification of where each claim limitation in the patent application is found in the cited prior art references.

4. For each claim an information disclosure statement (IDS) citing each prior art reference most closely pertaining to that specific claim.

5. An assertion of how that specific claim is patentable over the referenced prior art documents, as required by 37 CFR 1.111(b) and (c).

6. A statement of the utility of the invention as defined in each of the independent claims and a showing of where each limitation of the claims finds support under the first paragraph of 35 U.S.C. 112 in the written description of the specification. Where applicable, the showing must also identify: (1) Each means- (or step-) plus-function claim element that invokes consideration under 35 U.S.C. 112, paragraph. 6; and (2) the structure, material, or acts in the specification that correspond to each means- (or step-) plus-function claim element that invokes consideration under 35 U.S.C. 112, paragraph.

7. Identification of cited references that may be disqualified as prior art under 35 U.S.C. 103(c) as amended by the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act.



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Last Updated: January 6, 2008