Patent Searching

Patentability, Freedom-To-Operate, Invalidity .

Patentability search

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 ….

Patent invalidity search

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.

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