Prior art research

Determine and defend your position in the market

Research Methods

Our patent search and research methods are based on time-tested methodology. Our researchers conduct the patent searches on the Examiner’s Automated Search Tool (EAST) computer system — the same system accessed by Patent Examiners to conduct their searches. Since we are conducting the patent searches onsite at the USPTO, we are have direct access to USPTO Examiners in that particular area in order determine the most appropriate search fields and terms for the subject matter.

Our Search Process

Your patent search will be assigned to one of our search staff. Your customized patent search will begin with the development of complex keyword strategies in an effort to locate the most relevant US Classification areas. Your dedicated searcher will then shift to patent-by-patent reviews of the relevant US Classifications.

Our results are never based solely upon keyword searches. In addition, our searches are conducted onsite at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA, allowing us direct access to the Public Search Room (PSR), Patent Examiners and other branches of the USPTO.

About Our Researchers

Our search staff is comprised of a team of experienced, professional patent researchers whose objectives are to locate the most-relevant prior art available.

Our full-time employees possess a combined total of over 90 years of full-time patent research experience. Some of our searchers are previous patent examiners and/or are patent agents registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Intellectual Property Research Services

Patent Search


Novelty/Pre-Examination Search

Electrical/Chemical or Complex Mechanical Novelty/ Pre-Examination Search

Software, Internet, Business Methods Novelty/ Pre-Examination Search

Accelerated Examination (AE) Search

Invalidity/Infringement/Right-to-Use Search

State-of-the-Art Search

Collection Search

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