PATENT & NON PATENT LITERATURE
SEARCHING

Patent Searching is our flagship service.  A few of our more frequently requested search types include:

PATENTABILITY/NOVELTY

Our Patentability/Novelty Search is an extensive search based upon an invention or concept. The results can provide insight as to whether an invention may be patentable and assist in determining the value and coverage of the invention. The search may cover any combination of the following: U.S. Patents, U.S. Published Applications, International (PCT/WO) Publications, Foreign Patents, Foreign Publications, and Published Technical Literature.  To best tailor the search to balance comprehensiveness with budget, we have defined tiers for patentability searches.

VALIDITY/INVALIDITY

This search is based upon a critical effective filing date and is used to determine if specific claims of a patent are valid. This is an extremely comprehensive search including, U.S. Patents, U.S. Published Applications, Foreign Patents, Foreign Publications, International (PCT/WO) Publications, Non-Patent Literature and Prosecution History. This type of a search can also provide insight into the value of a patent as well as a possible licensing opportunity.

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FREEDOM-TO-OPERATE (FTO) / INFRINGEMENT / CLEARANCE

Generally, this is a search of non-expired U.S. and Foreign Patents. This search is primarily focused on patent claims, which are analyzed to determine if they would preclude a certain invention from manufacture, use or sale.

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