Nonpatent Literature treatise published

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:11 PM by Kris Atkinson   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 7:06 PM ]
Reinventing Nonpatent Literature Searching for Pharmaceutical Patenting by Kristine H. Atkinson. 2015, Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst vol. 4, pp. 371-375. Atkinson NPL
This paper explores the definition, sources and management of nonpatent literature (NPL), and addresses the challenges for effective use of NPL in contemporary pharmaceutical patent practice. With increasing pressure in the patent universe to adhere to more closely interpreted rules accompanied by a surfeit of technical art, there is renewed interest in properly discovering and applying NPL. Inchoate patent law and judicial interpretation, aggravated by the accretion of technical knowledge over time, make this an endeavor requiring insightful judgment and renovated practices to exploit the wellspring of available patent and research information.