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(Fully Online) How to Perform Prior Art Searches

22-23 Mar 2021 (AM)

Pending CPD Points
Pending CPD Points

Programme Synopsis

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.

Programme Schedule

22 Mar, 2021 - 23 Mar, 2021
9.00am – 1.00pm 2 x ½ day online streaming session
Online Streaming Session (2 x ½ days)
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this course will be conducted via online streaming. We will be providing participants with the relevant materials prior to the course. When the COVID-19 situation improves in the near future and this course is able to be conducted face-to-face, we will update course registrants accordingly.

Learning Objectives

What you will learn

Participants will pick up the relevant knowledge and skills in:

  • 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

This course is beneficial for business owners, officers from public agencies, researchers, engineers, lawyers, patent agents, officers from technology transfer offices. 



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.

Speaker / Trainer Profiles

Mr. Ng Chong Yuan
Faculty, IP Academy

Ng Chong Yuan 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 IP Academy, he is teaching and speaking on practice and management courses covering intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets.

Prior to joining IP Academy, he was practising law at an international law firm, specializing 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 trademark 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).


$513.60 (inclusive of 7% GST)



This programme is pending accreditation by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (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 logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar on each day of the activity, and not being away from any part of the webinar for more than 15 minutes on each day of the activity. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy on any particular day of the activity will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day of the activity. Please refer to for more information.


SkillsFuture Credit 

All Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above may be able to use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for or offset the course fees. Do click on this link or call the SkillsFuture Hotline at 6883 5885 for more information on SkillsFuture Credit.


NTUC UTAP Support (Pending) 

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.

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


Norima Sarnon
Tel: 6705 2373
Janis Kam
Tel: 6330 8688