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I'm going to profile the HowTo. I think with the results we will see which steps are most time-consuming, and thus we'll know where we can help most effectively. I'll also take into account which steps could be automated and which not.

I'll try to write down the steps such a way, so that we can see which steps are repetitive, which steps take longer and which are quickly done. I'll omit all explanations here, please take a look to the HowTo itself if you don't understand what I'm doing here.


HowTo Profile



Basic Steps Before You Start A



Identify the patent priority A.1

Look up the patent at USPTO Patent Search (or European Patent Search)

etc
5 minutes for searching
5 minutes for downloading, saving and printing

If you know the patent-number, this could be completely automated


Try to understand the patent - point out the novelty A.2

very depending on the patent and you. You should not hurry here!

etc
30 minutes - 5 hours

no automation possible


Identify Related Projects B.1

etc
can be very timeconsuming, 30 minutes - days, mostly depending on how much you can find (the less the longer it will take)

no automation possible, havily depends on who does this. Possible aids are: Tools to aid your search, Osapa:Publication Categorization, Osapa:Request for Prior Art Mailinglist and Osapa:Tagging Prototype


Create a list B.2

depending on how much categories you found

etc
selecting, rating, notating link, 5 minutes each
determine publication date, 10 minutes each

could be partly automated, especially determining the publication date can be aided with Prior Art meta-search engine


Verify selected Projects C



Verify that the implementation / description is older than the Priority-Date C.1

etc
10-30 minutes each, seldom longer

can be aided with Prior Art meta-search engine and Prior Art meta-search engine


Verify that it really implemented or described the patent C.2

etc
mostly depends on the patent itself as well as the documentation of the project, 1hour - 1day each

no automation possible


HowTo profile summary

A.1();                     // 10 minutes            -- partly automation possible
A.2();                     // 30 minutes to 5 hours -- no aid possible
list1 = B.1();             // 30 minutes to days    -- partly automation possible
foreach( list1 )
{
   list2 += B.2();         // 15 minutes            -- partly automation possible
}
foreach( list2)
{
   C.1();                  // 10 - 30 minutes       -- partly automation possible
   C.2();                  // 1 hour to days        -- no automation possible
}
A.1
makes no sense to automate this
B.1
This is done only once, but as it can take days and all following steps base on this one, every help is very good here. We already came up with Tools to aid your search, Osapa:Publication Categorization, Osapa:Request for Prior Art Mailinglist and Osapa:Tagging Prototype
B.2
this is done for each Project/Category (can be a very long list). So Prior Art meta-search engine , Tools to aid your search | Prior Art meta-search engine , and Prior Art meta-search engine can help here a lot.
C.1
done with only very few projects. Prior Art meta-search engine can help here too.

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