Prior-Art Documents

Prior-Art Documents required for filing an IDS

Prior-art documents play a significant role in the IDS filing procedure. Under U.S patent law it is must for each patent applicant to disclose to the USPTO any known prior-art documents. Also, the documents’ material can be material to the invention being claimed in the application. The duty is only applicable to the familiar prior[…]

Prior-Art Documents

What are the Prior Art Documents required while filing an IDS?

Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) is a statement that must include all the information or details regarding your prior art. When an applicant files a patent application according to the USPTO guidelines, the applicant is asked to submit all the relevant background art, information, and publications related to the invention to the USPTO during the patent[…]

When & How to file IDS

When & How to File IDS?

At every stage of patent prosecution, the applicant needs to disclose the relevant information found in the patent application/invention. Here comes the need to understand and learn about the time periods and procedure to file IDS. According to the U.S. patent law, 37 C.F.R. 1.56, it is not a compulsion to perform a search of[…]

Information Disclosure Statement

Significance of Information Disclosure Statement (IDS)

Before analyzing the significance of Information Disclosure Statement, let’s first understand the its literal meaning and the areas of its usage. IDS, as its name depicts is a statement that comprises of all the information or details regarding your prior art. When an applicant files a patent application according to the USPTO guidelines, the applicant[…]