Hesitance. Reluctancy. Most people, when they are confronted with a new topic or a new approach of  -for example- mathematics, will have this attitude. Although taking such an attitude is a very natural reaction, it is a little bit annoying for you. But what can you do about it? What can you do against it? Which natural solution is available around the corner? The answer could be logic. Logic reasoning.

 Please, bare with me. (Pun intended.)

 Very often, if not always, the goal of a search is to produce a report. This report could be intended for a patent attorney, and should answer his question.

Many readers will not be triggered here. Some will, and I expect more readers will be triggered after understanding the message in this book, if you like.

Corrected: The goal of a search is not to produce a report, but to find relevant prior art. You will appreciate its difference.

More will be added soon.

Content thus far

01 Novelty Searches and Invention Proposals

02 Where is the action

03 Higher level 

04 A still higher level

05 Other example (example 2, beer)

06 Dancing shoe, example 3

07 High speed police chase, example 4


Frank van der Steur


  1. This reminds me a little of an excellent book I read recently on The Lean Start Up. This book covered several different areas, and one of the 'five whys' technique for root cause analysis of problems, as discussed here.

    Essentially the author argues that even simple problems should be investigated by digging to at least five layers of why. However the author also recommends that in many cases this could be confronting - issues might be uncovered which nobody wants to talk about.

  2. Mike, thank you for your qualification, I like that.

    When it comes to analysing inventions, very often you see highly experienced searchers skipping the step of deep analysis. It could be the case that analysis is too much of a challenge. Novice searchers who do start to use this above technique, are very frequently very much helped with it.