Patent Search: What Is A Patent Search?

What Is A Patent Search?

A patent search, also known as a patentability search or a prior art search, is the logical first step towards securing a patent for a new invention, product or process. Before applying for a patent, the inventor should make sure that the idea does not already exist or has been claimed by someone else.


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Why is a patent search important?
Up until recent every country except the United States granted patents to the “first to file.” First to file means that the first party to file a patent application in that country will generally receive the patent. Unlike the rest of the world, the United States used a “first to invent” system until 2013. This means the first person who has verifiable records of the date of invention will be considered the legal owner of that new invention. In 2011 President Obama signed the America Invents Act of 2011 which transitioned the US system from a "first-to-invention" to a "first-to-file" system for patent applications filed after March 16, 2013. The first-to-file system grants a patent to the first person (or entity) to file a patent application, regardless of the actual invention date. This change makes it critical that inventors file their patent applications as soon as possible. 

A patent search will indicate if another inventor holds records and or patent grant rights for a whole invention or for certain parts of an invention. A patent search also allows an inventor to adjust their patent application if necessary so it is more likely to mature into a granted patent.

How is a patent search done?
A patent search is an incredibly detailed and time-consuming undertaking. To leave no stone unturned, professional patent searchers must possess in-depth knowledge of the US Patent and Trademark Office as well as foreign patent office rules and regulations. In addition, the searcher must be trained in the same field of technology as the invention. Finally, the searcher must be skilled at advance search techniques specific to patent databases and non-patent literature such as scientific journals. All of these skills are necessary to assess the probability of obtaining a patent.

How will a patent search help an inventor?
If the new product, invention or process is already being pursued as patentable (patent pending), or if there is evidence that the invention existed prior to the date of the new invention, then it may not be advisable for the client to pursue the patent process further.

Professional patent searches are extremely valuable to inventors, businesses and universities for reasons such as:

  • Saving time and effort that would be invested in developing a product for which someone else owns a legal claim.
  • Avoiding legal actions from other inventors who claim an invention as their own.
  • Eliminating the expenditure of financial resources for the development of a new invention that ultimately belongs to someone else.


A Standard Patent Search conducted by Noro Intellectual Property includes these valuable deliverables for our clients:

  • A FREE patent search consultation with a Noro IP Patent Specialist.
  • A search of US patent documents.
  • A copy of the Noro IP search specialist’s search history, including all keywords used for the search process and the classification areas searched.
  • Noro IP’s Search report, listing all relevant patents that were found and how each patent is related to the invention in question.
  • Electronic PDF copies of all identified patent documents

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A Premium Patent Search conducted by Noro Intellectual Property includes these valuable deliverables for our clients:

  • A FREE patent search consultation with a Noro IP Patent Specialist.
  • A search of US and foreign patent documents.
  • A search of patent related literature, non-patent literature and various art specific publications, journals and databases.
  • A copy of the Noro IP search specialist’s search history, including all keywords used for the search process and the classification areas searched.
  • Noro IP's Search Report, which lists all patents found and a quick summary of how each patent is related to the invention in question.
  • A mapping of the identified reference features to the client’s provided inventive features.
  • Noro IP’s Patent Comparison MatrixTM, which will help you analyze claims and identify competitive advantages.
  • PDF (electronic) copies of all identified patent documents.

Order a Premium Patent Search online by clicking on the button below.

Premium Patent Search $1,200

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For more information: 



Call us toll free at (800) 605-6993 

Email us at PatentSpecialist@NoroIP.com


 

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