Innovating without having a dip in the ocean of existing patents can only result in re-inventing the wheel and weak inventions.
“Patent search” or “prior-art” search means any information that relates to the knowledge existing prior to the date of invention, which has been made available in the public domain, that may be in any form such as patent, scientific literature, publications (such as journal articles, proceedings of conferences, data books and display information from technical exhibitions), public discussions or news from anywhere in the world. Prior art search is performed at various levels and the purpose of doing it may vary depending upon the requirements.
We assist in performing following types of patent searches:
1. Novelty/Patentability search
Not knowing what is already done by others is a tool to strengthen your invention. Novelty/patentability search is important to:
- Assess chances of getting a patent
- Fine tune your invention by comparing it with prior art
- Give direction to R&D by knowing what is already done by others
- Prevent duplication of the work
- Strengthen claims of the patent specification
Our comprehensive search report includes comparative analysis of prior art with novel elements of the invention along with opinion on patentability. Additionally, PDF copy of the prior art documents is also provided for easy reference.
2. Freedom to operate or clearance search
The rate at which patent applications are being filed across the globe, launching a product without thorough due diligence is a risky affair.
Freedom-to-operate (FTO) analysis or clearance search is a kind of search that is used to determine whether a particular action, such as testing or commercializing a product, can be done without infringing valid intellectual property rights of others. The scope of this search includes analysis of enforced patents, published pending patent applications in desirable jurisdictions. We provide FTO search reports along with opinion on infringement. Claims of valid patent documents (patents and applications) are mapped with product/process to identify sensitive areas where infringement is likely to happen. PDF copy of all relevant documents is provided for easy reference.
3. Technology Landscape/State of the Art Search
Business strategy without IP Strategy is an incomplete strategy
The purpose of Technology Landscape study is to understand the technology trend, strength of competitors, technology advancement and analyze the patent activity related to technology of interest. Based on technology landscape analysis, appropriate IP strategy compliant with your business strategy is devised as a good IP strategy is a critical part of business plan and growth at any stage.
4. Validation/Invalidation search
Valuation of a patent is incomplete without assessment of its chances of getting invalidated in the Court of law.
Think before you in-license a patent validation/invalidation search is performed to uncover patents or other published prior art that may render a granted patent invalid. This search is also performed to assess strength of a patent before entering into licensing agreement or proceeding with infringement actions. The search starts with identification of prior art (patent and publication) and statutory grounds of invalidation, followed by a claim mapping chart preparation and opinion on strength of the patent claims. The results of the search are used to invalidate a patent involved in infringement litigation or to support due diligence and to ascertain the validity of a patent.
5. Evidence of Use search
Precaution is better than cure is not just an idiom
After a patent is granted, one may wish to license or sell the patent in order to obtain monetary benefit on their invention. In such a scenario, evidence of use or infringement analysis has to be performed. Evidence of Use analysis involves finding products/processes that may infringe on one or more claims of the patent by mapping relevant patent claim elements to the target products/devices that were analyzed. Generally evidence of use provides graphical comparison between the claims of a patent and a product. Evidence of Use (EOU) search helps to weigh the extent of ‘read on’ i.e. the degree by which the claims of some particular patent might affect the focused product.
6. Patent alerts to keep you ahead of your competitors
Keeping pace with evolving technologies and knowing your competitors well can do wonders
In order to have sustainability in business and to assure technological edge over competition, one has to be well aware of activities of their competitors. Competitor patent portfolio analysis report is very valuable to know complete 360 degree analysis of competitor’s patent portfolio, patenting trends and product portfolio of competitors.
Patent Alerts is known to be a very effective system to keep you updated on latest happenings in the area of patent. We provide weekly, bi-weekly or monthly alerts to reveal patent documents published or granted globally by your competitors or on a niche technology of your interest.
7. Competitive analysis
Knowing your competitors well is key ingredient to formulate your market and IP strategy
Competitive intelligence is the process of monitoring the competitive environment by gathering information about competitors so that an organization can make appropriate and effective business and research decisions. Specifically, it is a methodical approach to build up and analyse public information about competitors’ strengths, weaknesses, interests and intentions, for use by an organization. Patent data analysis can also be used to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the competitor’s technological position which may be immensely useful for devising business strategies.