How to Perform Prior Art Searches

When charting research and development activities, do you verify if the technology already exists and if it is owned by others? Did you know that you can detect existing similar developments or inventions by simply conducting a prior art search?

Learn to conduct patent searches step-by-step, through our one-day workshop. Discover effective search strategies, apply the use of syntax to increase efficiency, and learn how to identify relevant documents via publicly available databases.


You should possess knowledge of patents, components of patent specification, and understand information presented in search reports. You are also required to bring along a laptop or mobile devices to participate in the practical exercises designed for the workshop.

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How to Perform Prior Art Searches
IPOS International, 1 Paya Lebar Link #11-03, PLQ 1 Paya Lebar Quarter Singapore 408533
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  • 6.5 SILE Public CPD Points
  • Practice Area: Intellectual Property
  • Training Level: Advance
  • 17 CPD Hours (Claimable for Practising Management Consultant under Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council)

Learning Objectives

Patentability and prior art
Patent lifecycle and publication
Introduction to some major patent systems
Anatomy of a patent document
The Art of Searching
Search methodologies

Who Should Attend

Business Owners
Officers from public agencies
Patent agents
Officers from technology transfer offices who are keen to learn effective search strategies, apply the use of syntax to increase efficiency, and learn how to identify relevant documents via
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25 Nov
How to Perform Prior Art Searches
09:00 am - 05:30 pm
IPOS International, 1 Paya Lebar Link #11-03, PLQ 1 Paya Lebar Quarter Singapore 408533
IPOS International
Mr Ng Chong Yuan

Mr. Ng Chong Yuan is Faculty of IPOS International. He is a Singapore qualified Advocate & Solicitor and has diverse in-house work experience in technology businesses spanning over about a decade. Currently, as a faculty member of IPOS International, he is teaching and speaking on practice and management courses covering intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets.

Prior to joining IPOS International, he was practising law at an international law firm, specialising in Intellectual Property (IP), Technology and Commercial Laws. As part of this legal practice, he focused on advising and representing clients on broad portfolios of patent and trade mark rights covering many jurisdictions around the world, including USA, EU, CN, SG and AU. His clients included international manufacturing firms, technology firms, foreign law firms and government agencies. His practice experience included IP prosecution, IP court litigation and IP advisory work.

​With an engineering training, Chong Yuan has also tutored and conducted research at the engineering school of a Singapore university. He is also an inventor of a USA patent (no. 6853626).

Course Fee
  • S$513.60 per pax
  • Price is inclusive of GST
SILE Accreditation
  • This programme is Pending accreditation by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE).
SILE Attendance Policy
  • Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.
Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council (SBACC)- Continuing Professional Development

Practising Management Consultant (PMC) under Singapore Business Advisors and Consultants Council (SBACC) will be entitled to 2 x Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for this course.

A total of 17 CPD hours is awarded for this course. For more information, please call SBACC at 6958 9000 or WhatsApp 9299 5304. Alternatively, you can also email them at [email protected].

SkillsFuture Credit
  • All Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use their SkillsFuture Credits to pay for or offset the course fees.
  • If you are claiming your SkillsFuture Credits for this course, please inform us via email. Click here to log in with your SingPass to make your SkillsFuture Credits claim. The user guide can be found here or call the SkillsFuture Hotline at 6883 5885 for more information on SkillsFuture Credit.

  • Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) is an individual skill upgrading account for NTUC members. As a member, you enjoy UTAP funding at 50% of the unfunded course fee capped at $250 every year.
  • Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

    1.      Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim 

    2.      Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period

    3.      Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding 

    4.      Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above 

    5.      Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any

    6.      UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

    For more information on UTAP application, please call the NTUC Membership hotline at 6213 8008 or visit

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