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Patent Search / Literature Review Assignment

The purpose of the Patent Search/Literature Review is to inform, provide appropriate research, and demonstrate continued progress towards the project goal. Make sure to include all copies of patents and articles found with your patent search/literature review assignment.

The Patent Search/Literature Review Assignment should contain the following information:

  • Provide a list of sources used to search for patents/articles (include websites, libraries, contacts with those knowledgeable in patent searching, programs used, etc.)
  • Provide a list of key words used to search for patents/articles.
  • Provide a list of patent classifications used to search for patents.
  • Were you able to find any granted patents or patent applications that are the same as (or very similar to) your proposed product?  How are the documents you found different from your proposed product?
  • What scientific and trade literature already exists regarding your proposed product?
  • Include a summary of the information you found and what other future work might be needed to make the patent search complete.

Patent Search Assignment Rubric







List of sources used
All available sources were used
Several different sources were searched
Three or fewer sources were used
One source used


Keywords and classifications searched
Extensive key words and classifications searched
Multiple keywords searched, with synonyms; multiple classifications searched
Basic keywords searched; one classification searched
Only one key word and/or classification searched


Items found that are the same as or similar to your product
No existing granted patents or patent applications found
Only expired and/or abandoned patent applications found
Granted  patents and/or active patent applications found
Many granted patents, patent applications, and other pieces of prior art found


Excellent, well thought out summary
Good summary including relevant information 
Summary is not well organized or thought out
No summary


Assignments turned in on time with advisors’ signatures
Turned in at meeting with advisors’ signatures
Turned in after the meeting with advisors’ signatures
Turned in after the meeting with no advisors’ signatures
Turned in late


Total Points





Not Pass

You must earn a 90% or better to continue in the competitions. You will be given one opportunity to redo this assignment if you do not earn a 90% or better. Even if you earn a 90% on this assignment you may be asked to redo a portion of this assignment to more accurately meet the rubric criteria. If you are asked to redo a portion of the assignment and it is not turned in by the due date set by the competition administrator your team may be eliminated from the competition.

Patent Search / Literature Review in pdf format

If your team has any questions regarding this assignment please direct them to:

Micky Creech
Soy Competition Program Manager
NLSN 3259