Prior Art Search
Prior art is information that has been made available to the public. A prior art search helps to determine whether or not it is worthwhile filing for a patent. Prior art that shows something is similar to your invention may restrict your ability to have your invention patented.
In order for you to obtain a patent, your invention must be new and involve an inventive or innovative step. If a product similar to your invention has been patented or described in a printed publication anywhere in the world, it may affect the possibility of you gaining patent protection.
The aim of a prior art search is to determine whether your invention is novel and inventive to people within that industry or field.
Source: IP Australia (2015)
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