The Invalidity Report provides invalidity assessments of the patent covering all independent and dependent claims. We review the patent prosecution histories to identify the prior art cited during prosecution, confirm such cited prior art indeed teaches the respective limitation, and then focus further searching on limitations that were not found during prosecution.
The report provides the following categories of identified references:
Relevant references: References which explicitly disclose all the claim elements of at least one independent claim.
Closely related references: References which explicitly disclose many claim elements of independent/dependent claims, which have the same field of invention as the subject patent.
Peripheral/Additional references: References which discuss similar technology and may be of potential support for obviousness of the invention.