Prior art searches

PROCESS SUPPORT SERVICES

Patentability, FTO, Invalidity and Trademark

prior-art

Patentability

Identify and prioritize the prior art patent status prior to the filing of new patents

Gain a full understanding of the invention memo.
Definition of the a priori characteristics of the invention considered to be both novel and inventive.
Development of one (or more) search string(s) according to search parameters and querying of the ORBIT database.
Screening of identified documents, selection and ranking of relevant results.

Freedom to operate

Identify patents likely to cover technological characteristics defined by the client

Organize and prioritize patents based on their relevance to predefined technological characteristics.
Review of the information and documents that will enable the definition of the technological characteristics of the product and/or service under consideration.
Definition of search parameters.
Development of one (or more) search string(s) according to search parameters and querying of the ORBIT database.
Identification and prioritization of results based on their relevance. Additional criteria may include: identity or type of applicants, filing date, current legal status, territories covered ….

Invalidity

Identify state of the art documents that will invalidate the main claims of a patent application or granted patent

Review of the patent that the client wishes to invalidate.
Define search parameters.
Development of one (or more) search string(s) according to search parameters and querying of the databases, including: all types of documents (patents and patent applications, scientific publications, conference proceedings, website, press articles, etc.).
Review of research reports and patent examination procedures (and those related to the patent family): cited documents, patent examiners and applicants’ arguments.
Analysis of documents and selection of relevant documents.

 

Reconciliation of patent features considered by the examiner to be both novel and inventive together with relevant documents.

Trademark

Availability analysis are needed before filing a new trademark, expand a trademark to new products or new geographic markets to reduce the potential risk for infringement

Two level of trademark searches:
1) Screening: retrieves identical and phonetic identical trademarks
2) Availability search: retrieves all similar trademarks
(Verbal trademarks only)

Possibility to search in 116 Trademark registers.
The reports can include an extra search on synonyms, antonyms and translations,
on simple request when ordering and without any additional cost.
Supplements for classes and turnaround times are cumulative.