Our patent searching practice:
- patents and published applications related to a specific target invention.
Novelty searches provide a general overview of relevant patents that could
be used to block or limit patent claim coverage for a particular invention.
These searches give a preview of the relevant prior patents that the Patent
Examiner may find, and thus provides the basis for a patentability opinion
as well as a petition for accelerated examination. An analysis of the
search results will indicate the possible scope of claim coverage available
for the target invention.
- patents and printed publications that anticipate or render obvious patent
claims. Validity searches are typically used for infringement defense
purposes by a defendant to evaluate the claim credibility of an adverse
patent. The patent owner may also conduct a post-grant validity study before
asserting the patent against a competitor.
Validity searches may also be used to thoroughly evaluate an acquisition
patent before taking an assignment or license. The claim elements of the
subject patent are compared with the disclosures of prior patents and other
references published before the filing
date of the subject patent.
We search for references that disclose the identical combination of elements
recited in the independent claims of the subject patent.
infringement - active patents and published applications that claim a
particular method or product. Infringement searches look for an active
patent or published application having claims that could be used to exclude
others from importing, manufacturing, using, selling or offering for sale a
specific product, process or service. Infringement searches are
intended for those planning to commercialize a particular product but who
wish to investigate the potential of infringing third party intellectual
property rights before doing so.
right to practice - includes an infringement search in addition to
expired patents that may provide a safe harbor for a specific product,
process or service.
technology collection - patents and printed publications related to a
particular concept or industry. Collection searches show functionally
equivalent means of accomplishing a comparable result, and typically include
both expired and unexpired patent references. Indicates the general state of
technology in a particular industry. Avoids duplicating existing
assignee - patents and published patent applications assigned to a
particular company or individual. The assignee search identifies the
patent position of competitors and reveals the technology areas in which
they have been working. A competitor’s published patent applications
may indicate new products that are likely to be launched.
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