Patent Information Searches

Patentability Search

Patentability search is also known as Novelty search and aims to find out all the patent/Non-patent literature same or similar to an invention under check from global database. 

A patentability search is conducted before filing a patent application in the patent office. This search helps in assessing novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability of an invention in comparison to already available patent and non-patent literature. Patentability search report also serves as a supporting document to prepare an invention specification with the broadest possible legal protection, thus rendering expedited grant of patents and commercialization benefits.

We provide comprehensive patentability search reports in multiple technology areas, prepared by our multidisciplinary tech experts through professional searching databases. Requests for sample reports and demo projects are always welcomed at Intellect Bastion.

Invalidation/Validation Search

The invalidity search is done to invalidate a patent in question by finding out potentially similar patent and non-patent literature. Businesses opt for this type of search to invalidate the grant of a patent, access the strength of a patent, fix appropriate royalty/licensing mechanisms, decide on mergers and acquisitions, and to avoid infringement issues. 

We perform the following steps to perform invalidation/ validation searches:

  1. Identifying the claims of the patent that are in the scope of the purpose of the search. 
  2. Identifying the prior art of the claims that are challenged. 
  3. Identifying relevant keywords and classification for the questioned claims.
  4. Planning the search strategy.
  5. Identifying relevant prior art.
  6. Analyzing results. 

Freedom To Operate (FTO)/Clearance Search

FTO search is a “clearance search” or a “Risk assessment search” conducted before the launch of a product in a particular jurisdiction. FTO search helps our clients in accessing the risk of a potential infringement on their product/service by identifying third party enforceable patents and patent publications in a jurisdiction of interest.

Freedom to Operate Search is conducted for following reasons:

  1. To reduce litigation costs. 
  2. To strategize licensing options.
  3. Tracking patent expiry for product launch.
  4. Accessing potential assignees or clients for purchase/ investment in a given product. 
  5. Orient R&D to work in a specific technology area.
  6. Finding expired patents to provide “Safe Harbour”.

Experts at Intellect Bastion perform FTO search through following procedure:

  1. Identifying the country/ countries where the intended product/invention is intended to be launched or used. 
  2. Identifying the essential components/ systems/ processes used to generate a product. 
  3. Identifying the patent search sources.
  4. Collating relevant patents.
  5. Preparing freedom to operate opinion. 

Infringement Search/Evidence of Use

Patent infringement occurs when another company starts using, selling or making the patented product without taking consent or license from the patent owner. Therefore, selling or making an unexpired patented invention in a patent-protected geographical area without acquiring license from the patent owner constitutes a patent infringement search and can be legally challenged.

Our tech experts provide valuable reports based on a Patent infringement search in the form of evidence of use (EOU) charts or claim charts where potentially infringing product features are mapped with claim elements of the subject patent.

Patent Landscape Search

Patent Landscape Search is used to study technology trends and state-of-the-art inventions in a particular technology field. Research and development organizations, policymakers and businesses/corporates choose landscape searching to identify existing solutions/ technologies for their technical problem. Competitive intelligence concluded from landscape searches helps clients in making decisions to invest money in the development of a particular technology.

We have been performing and delivering quality landscape search reports our big clintele that helps them immensely in detecting white spaces, i.e. the areas with little patent protection, that in turn explores business opportunities for our clients. The reports provided by our team include customized, comprehensive and visual-based analysis of the existing technology trends in the questioned area of interest.

Design PatentabilIity Search

Design patents differ from utility patents. In some countries, design protection is termed as “Design Patent” (e.g. USA) and in other countries design protection is termed as “Industrial Design Registration”. Design Patent relates to visual characteristics of an article that includes configuration, shape, structure and outline of an article. 

Intellect Bastion conducts design searches using keywords and Locarno classification. The databases used by our experts to conduct worldwide design search includes multiple professional design databases and domestic websites of individual patent office(s).

Chemical Structure/Sequence Search

Chemical Structure/Sequence search relates to finding out novelty in a specific chemical compound by comparing the questioned structure/sequence with publicly available chemical structures/sequence mentioned in various patent and non-patent literature. 

We, at Intellect Bastion, ensure the best quality chemical searching on both paid tools such as Scientific-Technical Network (STN) and unpaid tools such as Chemspider.

Biological Sequence Search

Biological sequences cover DNA/RNA nucleotide sequences as well as amino acid sequences (peptides and proteins). A specific arrangement of a sequence is searched on both patent and non-patent literature to ascertain the novelty of that sequence. 

We create a professional report as per the client‘s satisfaction by searching the sequence under question on both unpaid databases like NCBI and paid databases like STN.

Non patent Literature (NPL) Search

Non-Patent Literature (NPL) is a collection of publicly available databases that includes scientific journals, conference proceedings, research announcements as well as data on platforms like social sites, magazines, newspapers and datasheets. 

We are industry experts in providing non-patent prior arts relevant to an invention through all the above-mentioned sources to maximize the quality and scope of their futuristic patent.


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