All patent applicants have a duty to disclose any known prior art that is material to the patentability of claim(s) while filing at the patent office. The duty to disclose is continual and obligates the disclosure of prior art at the time of filing an application or during the prosecution of the patent application. Failure to comply with the obligation may amount to inequitable conduct, thereby invalidating the patent. Specifically, the USPTO requires the applicants to file an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS). There are multiple sources for such prior art such as search report on a patent family, references cited by the examiner in an office action of a family member, etc. It becomes cumbersome and expensive for an inventor/applicant to track such prior art over a period of time.
We assist you in complying with the obligation by timely and accurately locating prior art references at cost-effective manner. We prepare easy to follow citation matrices and audit reports that enable you to track all family members and references from all possible sources. We also prepare ready to file IDS forms as per the latest format prescribed by the PTO.