Patent Searches

We conduct the following searches:

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Search results may include issued patents and published patent applications as well as non-patent literature such as scientific journals and white papers. We perform patentability searches with respect to patent and non-patent applications of more than 90 jurisdictions including the USA, South America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to searching English-language literature, we search literature in foreign languages including German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and other languages.

Upon request we discuss potential results of the search orally before a written report is created.

Patentability Searches

Patentability searches, also known as prior art searches or novelty searches, are searches for published prior art documents that can be used for assessing the novelty of an invention before the client commits the resources necessary to obtain a patent. Patentability searches may also help in drafting a patent application by increasing the chances of successful patent prosecution.

Validity Searches

Invalidity or Validity searches can be performed with the intent to find prior art documents to either invalidate a particular patent claim or to make validity assessments during a due diligence procedure.

Clearance Searches

Clearance searches, which are also known as patent infringement searches or Freedom-To-Operate (FTO) searches, are performed to examine claims of third-party patents in order to understand the risks of potential infringement by a certain product or service.

Clearance search results may involve patents, published patent applications, and recent PCT applications eligible for nationalization in the US. The search may be limited to the last 20 years in order to reduce the number of irrelevant references. Based on client needs, a clearance search may be combined with a patentability search, which can be of great benefit for those developing new products or services.

Landscape Searches

Landscape searches can be performed in order to understand certain technological areas, their current development level, and to locate “white gaps” for potential patenting.

Accelerated Examination Searches

Accelerated Examination (AE) searches can be performed to meet the USPTO’s AE Program requirements for expedited prosecution of utility patent applications.

Re-Examination Searches

Re-examination searches are performed with the intent of finding prior art documents invalidating a particular patent. This type of search is similar to a validity search.

Inter Partes Review Searches

Inter Partes Review (IPR) was introduced in the America Invents Act (AIA) and became effective on September 16, 2012.

Inter Partes Review is a new trial proceeding conducted at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review patentability of one or more claims of a patent on grounds that could be raised under §§ 102 or 103 concerning prior art patents or printed publications. An IPR process begins with a third party filing a petition after the later of either 9 months after the grant of the patent or issuance of a reissue patent, or, the termination of a post grant review if a post grant review is instituted.

We conduct patent searches to assess the patentability of patents under the ACA procedures of IPR.

Post Grant Review Searches

Post Grant Review (PGR) was introduced in the America Invents Act (AIA) and became effective on September 16, 2012.

Post Grant Review is a trial proceeding conducted at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review patentability of one or more claims of a patent on any grounds that could be raised under 35 CFR § 282(b)(2) or (3). A PGR process begins with a third party filing a petition on or prior to the date that is 9 months after the grant of the patent or issuance of a reissue patent.

We conduct patent searches to assess the patentability of patents under the ACA procedures of PGR.

Landscape Monitoring Services

Landscape monitoring is an efficient way to track recent technological developments. We monitor newly published patent applications, issued patents, and non-patent literature, such as white papers, and scientific articles on a systematic basis to give you cutting-edge information of any new products, services, and technologies in which you are interested.

The search reports are provided to you on a regular basis, depending on your needs. The landscape monitoring services allow you:

  • Stay on top of recent developments in a technological area
  • Monitor your competitors and find new players in your technological area
  • Find new contacts and establish new productive collaborations
  • Reduce research and development costs

Competitor Watching Services

Competitor watching gives you a competitive advantage by watching those who might infringe on your technology. We can regularly review your competitors’ new products to identify potential infringement and to explore new licensing possibilities.

Additionally, we can watch your competitors’ patents and patent applications to avoid possible infringement and to timely oppose new patents that can be harmful to your business.

IP Litigation Support Services

IP Search Experts also conducts custom search support to develop offensive cases and defensive strategies in patent litigations. Patent litigation support services – for both plaintiffs and defendants – include:

  • Clearance Searches
  • Claim Charting
  • Countersuit Strategies
  • Competitor Watching Services
  • Prior Art Evaluations

Our team includes Registered Patent Attorneys experienced in patent litigation support. Contact us to learn more on how we can support you in a patent litigation.

Due Diligence Support Services

Our experienced team of patent searchers and attorneys can help your legal team perform a patent due diligence analysis. A patent due diligence should be performed prior to a patent acquisition (standalone or as part of a company acquisition) to ensure that the potential investor understands the value of the patent being acquired. A patent due diligence may be helpful to reveal true ownership, validity, enforceability, and other issues that may affect the value of the patent. Rather than purchasing or licensing a patent only to find out later about these issues, our patent due diligence services will help to evaluate the patent prior to its acquisition.

In conducting a patent due diligence, we analyze the patent and prosecution history, and establish ownership, by establishing inventors and assignees and reviewing the corresponding assignment agreements. We can also conduct a validity search for the claims of the patent to assess validity issues.

Upon request we discuss potential results of the search orally before a written report is created.