Our prior art searches cover global patent and technical literature searching to determine the novelty of your invention and help you make better IP decisions. Our research specialists, with expertise across varied technology domains, focus on identifying search results that precisely meet the clients’ objectives. Drawing from our several years of experience in patent searching and analysis, we use highly efficient and coherent search methodologies that include:
Screen inventions at an early stage to reduce your prosecution costs
A quick novelty check, prior to drafting or filing a patent application, can determine the likelihood of getting a patent and in-turn save huge costs involved in maintaining patents.
We perform extensive searches to analyze the scope of an invention in light of the identified prior art references, which can help you determine whether a potential invention is novel and patentable.
Intellectual property, especially patents, is one of the most critical intangible assets of an organization– especially the ones that sustain majorly upon research and innovation. Given that a patent offers its assignee the unique rights towards the use of product/technology and blocks others from infringing upon their patent for a very long period of time, it is imperative that patents are not granted to every idea that is ever ideated.
Hence, patents are only granted to inventions that meet certain pre-defined criteria.
For an invention to be patentable, it must be:
A patentability search, also known as a novelty search, is conducted before filing a patent application to ensure the novelty/uniqueness of the invention.
By performing a novelty search for prior art, the inventor, patent lawyer, or a patent examiner can figure whether someone else already has had the same idea or not, along with the details of the previous invention. If the search returns that someone has already worked on a similar idea, you can save money, time and effort by not filing the application OR alter/improve your idea such that it meets the criteria of patentability.
Quick and low-cost searches | 3-5 days turnaround time | PDF copies of each reference
The law does not require that you do a patentability search (also known as a patent novelty search) before filing a patent application, however a search becomes very helpful to in defining the right first step in the patent filing process.
There are a number of patents and applications at the patent offices that have the disclosure of the products and services not yet on the market. So, a patentability search becomes important to know about these silent existing patents which can become a problem when you file your patent.
Many search providers do not provide the analysis of the search results but provide you only documents leaving the analysis on you on the basis of your results. Some firms provide detailed analysis along with the search results. It is recommended to consult a patent attorney for the analysis part.
Commonly referred to as a mini-landscape or an extension to patentability search, it helps to validate the potential of an idea giving you an overview of the existing art in a particular technology. The study helps to identify new avenues for research and development.
This comprehensive search provides a technical breakdown of the key patents in the technology of interest, along with the insights into the latest developments in a technology, key players and market trends.
These searches are broad but not as broad as a landscape study, which often touches lot of surface but in depth. In state of search, we sufficiently narrow the surface area to be covered and go in depth to answer some specific questions proposed by business, R&D or legal team regarding a particular technology
Focused on identifying prior art that can possibly question the novelty or non-obviousness of an invention, our teams actively analyze the target claims of a patent, to define search strategies for finding references that may be used alone or in combination, to invalidate the claims of patent.
Given that these are highly specialized searches, they are best left to experts like attorneys or patent search firms. In cases of a highly complex litigations or premium invalidity searches, our teams collaborate with the client to tailor searches as per requirements – defining a unique search strategy and providing interim reports and regular updates, ensuring we find the killer art.
Analysis of file wrapper or prosecution history | Detailed claim chart mapping, with expert comments |
5-10 business days turnaround time | Multiple budget options customized to suit your budget
Patents such as utility patent, design patent, utility patent, composition patent and even a Standard essential patent can be invalidated using prior art.
When you are looking to sell or launch a new product in the market, clearance searches will help you identify any in-force third-party patents/applications that can pose a risk of potential infringement.
We work with you to understand and analyze the key features of your product, and accordingly design strategies to search and identify claims elements (of relevant references) that read onto the product features. Search scope can be limited to jurisdictions of interest. Expired patents existing in the public domain may be included upon request. Legal status is provided for tracking patent expirations, which can be used to design the timeline for market entry, thus, mitigating the risk of infringements.
“Are you selling/producing your product/invention without infringing on other people’s patents?” This is what freedom to operate search helps get the answer to.
Legal status of each relevant reference | Product to patent claim maps | 5-7 business days turnaround time | Customized and free of cost quotes
Design Protection guarantees you the exclusive right to use a design, which includes making, offering, putting on the market, importing, exporting or using the product in which your design is incorporated or to which it is applied.
Designs Registration covers external ornamental or aesthetic appearance such as patterns, color, lines, shape or surface of the article.
Under the provisions of Design Act, 2000, any manufactured object is known to be “article”. The object can be of any substance irrespective of artificial or natural. The article must be capable of being made and sold separately.