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Prior Art Module

Prior Art Module Overview (w/ Video)

The Prior Art Module is used to manage prior art references associated with your matter and generate Information Disclosure Statements. This video provides a basic overview of the module.

Generating an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) (w/Video)

Linking Prior Art References to a Matter (w/Video)

The following steps outline the process for adding prior art to a matter: ‚Äč In the Prior Art module, click on the name of the matter for which you are adding the reference. Click on the Add button. Se...

Importing Prior Art References from Espacenet (Pending, Issued, U.S. and Foreign Applications) (w/ Video)

As of March 2018, AppColl integrates with EspaceNet to add or update prior art references for published and issued patents for both U.S. and foreign countries. To do this, go to the Matter Prior Art page for a ...

Adding or Updating Links Between Multiple References and a Matter

The following steps outline the process for adding or updating links between multiple prior art references and a patent matter: In the Prior Art module, click on the All References link in the Navigate S...

Importing Prior Art References from a Spreadsheet

As of March 2018, AppColl now integrates with EspaceNet allowing you to retrieve already filed prior art references for issued matters. Click here for more details. The below process is still available and is n...

Cross-citing Prior Art References

If a new matter is added to a matter family, all the references associated with the family can easily be cross-cited to the newly added matter. The matter family is defined at the matter level. For example, if ...

Using a Citation Matrix to Verify Which Prior Art References Have Been Cited in Matter Familes

Matter Families can be complex entities having dozens of matters and perhaps 1000s of prior art references. AppColl provides a feature in the Prior Art module for downloading a Citation Matrix for a matter fami...

Adding References that have Already Been Cited to the PTO

References that have already been cited to the PTO can be added into AppColl in a couple of different ways. Importing references from EspaceNet Please see this article. Import data from USPTO SBO8A EFS forms....

De-duping Non-Patent Literature (NPL) Prior Art References

If you have multiple copies of an NPL reference, you can remove the duplicates and make sure that all matters, using this reference, point to the remaining version. This can be done automatically or manually. ...