EPO on "Why researchers should care about patents"
not only focus on books and scientific journals, but also take patent information into account."
According to the EPO, there are several reasons for searching patent literature, to
- Avoid duplication of R&D efforts and spending
- Find solutions to technical problems
- Gather business intelligence
- "up to 30% of all expenditure in R&D is wasted on redeveloping existing inventions."
The report also goes on to discuss other basic topics such as "Why and when should I consider patenting in a R&D project?," "Respecting third parties’ rights," "Some facts about patent documents," and "Where can I get more help and information?"