In an IDS for a software/computer-implemented method application, how should existing software products be documented, if at all, when the software products in question have a subset of functions of the application? It appears the IDS form is set up for citation of literature, not names and descriptions of existing products. Some may have journal articles about them, but many have only short reviews or announcements that don't cover enough detail for making a comparison.
The original intention was to describe some existing software that, upon cursory look, may appear to duplicate the functions of the disclosed invention – but with detailed explanation, can be shown not to be in conflict. (Since there are no claims, it can't be compared on the same basis as existing patents.) But it seems the IDS is not for this kind of information. True, or not?