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How Do You Cite to a YouTube Video as Non-Patent Literature in an Information Disclosure Statement?

YouTube is a fantastic source of information.  There is seemingly a video on any topic you can imagine.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video can be worth millions of words.  So how do you take a video and turn it into something that can be submitted as an NPL document as part of an information disclosure statement?  It needs to be converted into a PDF document as I will show below.

Checking Completeness of Art Citations with a Cited Art Matrix

In any patent case, it is important to make sure that all of the known art has been cited during prosecution across all of the patents in the portfolio.  One tool that patent owners and lawyers can use to ensure that literature has been consistently and thoroughly cited across a patent family is an "art matrix." This post shows how to create an “art matrix” in Excel.

Validity and the Duty of Candor

Violation of the duty of candor can result in the invalidation of an entire patent portfolio.  Thus, it is essential to make sure that inventors and patent owners cite all known relevant art.  As a patent owner or inventor, it is a good idea to catalog all references found during your inventive process and err on the side of caution when including art on an information disclosure statement.