Prior Art Analysis

Conducting a prior art analysis is crucial to confirm whether the identified needs are unmet and there is room for innovation, as well as determine the degree of novelty that can be achieved in a given solution space.

This exercise consists of gathering all the information available in the public domain concerning existing products, ongoing product development and published ideas, whether protected or not by Intellectual Property Rights. Therefore, it justifies the use (or not) of innovation procurement.

Vtrek has extensive experience and is pioneering in providing this service to contracting authorities and public bodies using the IPlytics platform, which facilitates the identification of relevant patents, standards and publications worldwide. As an example, we have conducted prior art analysis for the Dutch Ministry of Health, Wellbeing and Sport on the international joint public procurement of a Horizon Scanning System, and for Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg on big data and security solutions

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