Novelty/Patentability Search: Novelty/Patentability searches are performed to ascertain the patentability of an invention. The objective of this search is to identify prior art (patent and non-patent literature) relevant to the novelty of the invention. The search strategy includes keyword-based searches, Invention classification searches such as IPC/CPC/USPC based, Citations searches, Assignee/inventor searches etc. We conduct quality searches to identify exhaustive prior arts which will help you to make well informed decisions on the scope of protection your invention.
Patent Validity/Invalidity Search: Patent Validity/Invalidity searches are performed to capture prior art documents to either validate or invalidate claims of a patent. Generally, Validity search is performed by the Assignee/Licensee/Plaintiff after the grant of the patent to ascertain the enforceability of a patent. Whereas, Invalidity search is performed by the Competitor/Defendant/Generic player to capture prior art which can challenge the validity of patent. We perform exhaustive searches based on robust search strategy to capture relevant references. The report consists of details of references along with mapping of claims to relevant text of prior art references.
Freedom to Operate or Clearance Search: FTO search or clearance searches are performed before launching a product or service in the market, in order to assess the risk of potential infringement. Generally, FTO searches are limited to particular jurisdiction(s). This type of search would help you in making well informed decisions to launch a product/service or “Design around” to avoid potential infringement. We perform exhaustive searches based on robust search strategy to capture relevant active patent as well as pending application. The report consists of legal status and granted claims of the patent. Also, pending claims for patent application would be provided.
Patent Landscape/ State of Art Search: This type of searches will help to understand the technical advancements and competitive scenario in the domain of study. The report would identify the technologies of the past, present and future. Further, this type of study would also help to locate white space or gaps in the technology to provide direction for R & D.
Patent Alerts/Watch and Equivalent searches: IP alerts and watch is an efficient monitoring system for tracking published applications and issued patents. Generally, patent alerts and watch services are conducted on regular interval (such as weekly, biweekly, monthly) to capture any published or issued patent in a particular domain of interest. Further, it is done to track published patents or issued patents of competitors. The following information may be provided such as legal status updates, prosecution updates etc. Also, if you are interested to look for equivalent patent of any patent application or granted patents in India, we would be happy to assist you.