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State of the Art (SOA), also known as prior art refers to all publicly disclosed information, including patents and non-patent literature. A State of the Art search, also called a Collection Search is performed to gain a comprehensive view of a specific technology domain. The search summarizes the level of development in a particular field, or how a particular technology has advanced. This type of search can aid in a firm’s decision-making process from the IP to the corporate level.
When do I need a State of the Art search?
An SOA search can provide insights, inform decision makers, and aid in crafting the best strategy for an organization’s innovation initiatives. A State of the Art search is needed if you want to:
Insights from an SOA can be a decisive factor in whether to pursue an invention or not. Conducting this search must be done before and during the development of your technology. While this search may provide you information regarding an invention’s novelty and inventive step, an SOA search is not enough to determine patentability.
SOA or Patent Landscape – which one do I need?
While an SOA search may be comparable to a Patent Landscape report (PLR) due to the broader nature of their scope, a patent landscape goes more in depth and looks at graphs and trends. Typical inclusions in a patent landscape report are:
An SOA search on the other hand is considered a subset of a PLR and tends to look into a more narrowed down aspect of a technology within a larger domain. Among the questions that can be answered in a State of the Art Search are:
At Parola Analytics, patent experts lead and review your State of the Art search projects. We build a team from our network of patent attorneys, agents, and subject matter experts that will suit your chosen technology segment. Covering both technical and legal fronts will be advantageous to a firm’s strategy and decision-making processes.
Apart from a comprehensive prior art search covering both patent and non-patent literature, our experts also ensure that we pay close attention to competing art (e.g. how other technologies have solved the same problem, etc). This allows clients to define how they are going to differentiate from competitors.
Our reports are highly customizable to fit your requirements, and provide a client-approved technical mapping of claims and specifications to the elements of your search.
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Parola provided us the key reference"The first search Parola Analytics, Inc. performed for us provided the key reference supporting our invalidity position on a patent we were evaluating."
Parola delivered outstanding results"Vincent and his team at Parola are excellent at locating prior art. We have worked with Parola on two matters, and both times, Parola delivered outstanding results. Parola’s highly-relevant search results and reports demonstrated a thorough understanding of the patent claims."
Exactly what we needed!"Parola Analytics provided exactly what we needed for our patentability search. They quickly were able to get to the core of the search and provided an easy to understand report for both attorney and client. They are my first call for my searching needs."
Demonstrated deeper understanding of the search"I recently engaged Parola Analytics to conduct a prior art search on a difficult US patent that had already stymied another search firm that delivered two unusable references. Parola found four much better references in two weeks that demonstrated a deeper understanding of the search and an effective selection of the best references. I highly recommend Parola Analytics."
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An outstanding source for our IP firm"Parola Analytics is an outstanding resource for our boutique intellectual property firm. Patentability searches are the first step for new patent clients. Vincent and his team take care of this crucial step, and provide us with high-quality and comprehensive search reports. The search reports provide our clients with a clear visual representation of the state-of-the-art and make our counseling even more impactful. Our patent practice is enhanced by Parola Analytics’ search capabilities, and our favorite find is Parola Analytics."
The work product is top-notch!"Vincent Violago and his excellent team at Parola Analytics provide high quality, detailed, prior art search results with minimal oversight and handholding. These guys are highly educated and experienced in their field and work together with great efficiency. The work product is top-notch, and they are always available for follow up, including detailed discussions of the report and additional pinpoint searches based on the results."
Highly recommended for patentability searches"It was an absolute pleasure working with Parola Analytics. Vincent Violago is very responsive and professional. He answers all your questions and ensures the right person does the search. The patentability report provided is very visually pleasing and easy to follow. The searcher (who is a PhD chemist and registered US Patent Agent) took great care to understand the claim language of a biotech invention prior to doing the search. A very thorough search was done in a timely and efficient manner. I highly recommend Parola Analytics for patentability searches."
Reliable, responsive, and effective“We’ve been very pleased with Parola’s search results. They’ve proven themselves to be reliable, responsive, and effective”
Quick turnaround“"Parola Analytics performed a quality prior art search with a quick turnaround for us."”
The report was thorough and easy to follow"Thank you again for providing the patentability search and report. The report was very thorough, and easy to follow. Also, it appears your standard pricing is competitive and reasonable compared to other searching firms I have engaged."
Highly recommended"Parola Analytics was able to quickly provide us with a key prior art reference despite other search vendors failing to find anything useful. Parola’s thorough search report also provided detailed analysis and allowed us to easily assess the viability of the references and efficiently create invalidity contentions. Would highly recommend."
Easy to digest report"We commissioned Parola Analytics for a patent invalidity search. Within a couple of weeks, Parola provided useful prior art references along with an easy to digest report explaining how the references related to each limitation of the relevant patent claim in our case."
Perfect fit for us startups"Parola Analytics is the perfect fit for us, start-ups. They offered us the flexibility we needed for our unique needs. We received high quality results fast at competitive prices."
High Quality. Efficient. Reliable.“High Quality. Efficient. Reliable. The team at Parola Analytics did an excellent job in providing us with the highest-quality prior art research service. The team’s search report highlighted the best prior art references with an easy-to-understand format. In short, the team proved itself.”
Hands-on service"The best features of Parola Analytics are the responsiveness, enthusiasm and hands on service they deliver. I intend to use their service on my next search task. Thanks Parola Analytics."