prior-art search

prior-art search

[′prī·ər ‚ärt ‚sərch]
(engineering)
A search for prior art which may possibly anticipate an invention which is being considered for patentability.
A similar search but for the purpose of determining what the status of existing technology is before going ahead with new research; it is done to avoid unwittingly retracing new steps taken by other workers in the field.
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