Brijesh Kumar wrote:

> Granting of patents only means that a person grated a particular patent
> was first to make "a claim" about the novelty of an idea or technique
> as far as the patent office knows on the basis of "previous claims submitted
> to it.".

At least in the US, at least sometimes, the examiners do at least some
literature search.  I remember being involved in a patent where the examiner
sent it back with an article clipped from the trade press.

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