Intellectual Property Search: When Was a Document First Published


A client was accused of plagiarizing an obscure document published on the internet, but the date of this document's publication was unclear. Was our client copying this paper? Or, as our client maintained, did this paper copy our client's with a backdated publication date?  


We analyzed the internet publication and determined that its metadata had been removed. We also determined that copies of the paper from internet archives prior to the year in which our client's paper was published were unavailable. 


These, and other facts which were helpful to our client, were submitted in an affidavit in support of our client's defense.