Prior art is all public information that existed at a particular date. An invention can't be patented if it existed in prior art before the date of the patent application.
Trade SecretsA patent can be granted on an invention if others were aware of it but kept it secret. As such, keeping trade secrets is a risk.
Defensive PublicationA firm may publish techniques, methods and designs to the public in order to create prior art that prevents competitors from developing patents.
Duty of DisclosureIn many jurisdictions, it is a duty to disclose any material prior art known by the inventor. Failure to disclose prior art can be considered inequitable conduct that may render a patent invalid.
Detail & Prior ArtPrior art is any recorded information that is available to the public before a particular date. To be considered prior art it should be detailed enough for a person skilled in the art to use.
Conversations & Traditional KnowledgeGenerally speaking, conversations and secret information aren't included. In some cases, traditional knowledge has been considered prior art even if it wasn't explicitly recorded.
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