Why should I carry out a State of the Art Search?
The second search type to consider at the research stage is a State-of-the-Art (SOA) search, also known as a Collection Search, which provides a collection of results derived from a broad trawl through the patent literature. This search is helpful in understanding how others have overcome a particular technical problem, as well as indicating avenues that could be advanced on, and those that may be dead-ends. Thus, helping to avoid the problem of wasting funds on research (e.g. reinventing the wheel), allowing research to be applied in those areas that could prove most productive.
Search results are often separated into technology categories for easy review.
A SOA search offers a more technical overview of the inventions, while a Patent Landscape Mapping search is more of a business tool to decide where to focus research and development.