The pre-filing analysis operation, in a nutshell, combines everything which occurs pre-patent filing. The main purpose of pre-filing is to establish whether or not a proposed idea has been previously disclosed in the prior art, meets the patentability criteria, and whether a patent can be granted for the proposed idea.
Additionally, pre-filing analysis can also help patent attorneys when preparing their drafts.
It is crucial to perform pre-filing analysis (especially to see if any prior art exists) due to the fact that if the said idea is not patentable, any funds allocated to the preparation of patent drafting and filing will be wasted.
Stay tuned for next week’s installment “Operations in Different Stages of the Patent Lifecycle: Prosecution.”