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Novelty search proves possible for innovativeness

Project proposals containing only basic technical information can be subjected to a novelty check and compared to the state of the art available in technical and patent databases, according to research.

To raise awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the Innovation ...
Project proposals containing only basic technical information can be subjected to a novelty check and compared to the state of the art available in technical and patent databases, according to research.

To raise awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the Innovation Programme offered a novelty search, known as QUICK SCAN, to 187 Technology Validation and Technology Transfer Projects so they could assess the innovativeness of their projects.

As a result of the QUICK SCAN pilot action, 25% of projects turned out to be novel. In these cases, proposers were advized to ensure proper protection of their intellectual property.

In 60% of projects, the novelty checks disclosed patents and other documents which turned out to be relevant for these projects, such as valid patents which might block future commercialisation of a technology or existing solutions not covered by patents. Some of these projects had been presented as novel or as technological breakthroughs in Europe.

Furthermore, only 15% of the projects could not be subjected to novelty searches. This was often due to software issues, which are mainly subject to copyright protection.

The QUICK SCAN project was introduced because many research managers and researchers are not aware of the wealth of information contained in national and European Patent Office (EPO) patent databases. Patent information is often only consulted regarding patent-application procedures, while it also offers valuable information before commencing any RTD activity.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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