Find out if your product has a valuable point of difference in the marketplace
Are You Filing for a Patent?
The first step is to determine that your invention is new! Patent searches aim to uncover any previous filings that may be similar to your own. Performing a patent search is essential to any IP Strategy, because it will let you know whether your product has enough of a point of difference from previous filings to gain patented status.
Do You Qualify
for a Patent?
A patent search will tell you if your idea is novel and new.
Create an Air-Tight
Performing a patent search will help you reduce the risk of IP loopholes and copycats.
If your goals stretch beyond the horizon of our nations borders, we’ve got you covered. Learn more about worldwide patent searches here
Patent Searches Help Create a Strong IP Strategy
The most obvious advantage of a patent search is to make sure someone hasn’t already filed a patent on your idea. However patent searches go beyond only telling you if you are able to file a patent – they can also be a vital part of creating the most effective patent for your idea. Through a strong patent search you can find previous prior art that is similar to your idea that will show you how to best patent your point of difference and any possible variations or improvements on your product.
The lowest cost option – this search covers filings in the U.S. market. Your search includes a legal patentability opinion from a registered patent agent.
A search of worldwide IP filings for those looking for intellectual property outside the U.S.. Your search includes a legal patentability opinion from a registered patent agent.
Intellectual Property Strategy includes:
1. One-Hour Intellectual Property Strategy Consultation
A) In this discussion we will determine your business objectives and all of the available tools you have for protection and how they will assist you in marketing and selling your idea.
B) You will also be coached in using intellectual property strategy when negotiating a licensing agreement to obtain “higher minimum guarantees” and “royalty rates.”
This will include “how to own all improvements”and also how to guaranteed you will be paid regardless of any intellectual property that is filed.
2. One-Hour Review of Patent Search Results
During this discussion we will devise a strategy of moving forward given the information that was uncovered from the legal opinion.
Intellectual property can and should be looked at from many perspectives and considerations taken including when and when not to file (timing is key), what to file (which has real value and will not burn cash), and how to be most effective in building your “wall of protection” no matter how high it may be. Having worked with Stephen for many years now I can say that the insight and experience which Stephen provides is invaluable when it comes to not only identifying the most valuable content for your IP filings but also the longevity in protecting your product or idea. No matter the size or scope of the product in development having a comprehensive strategy will pay dividends to your vision in more ways than you may realize.
Thanks for what you have provided to ordinary people like me, with extra-ordinary product development process to be successful in this very intricate and complicated world of patenting and licensing.
A Message from Our CoFounder
A cautionary tale about a bad patent search.
From my previous experience a patent search must be done correctly or it’s a waste of time and money. Years ago I hired a Washington DC firm to look for prior art on my invention. Spinformation
It was very expensive, but it needed to be done. After a few weeks the report was returned to me – and to my delight they did not find my invention. I went on to file two patents on my idea, and this is where the trouble began.
I found out later that there were two patents exactly on my invention. They didn’t find it in the original search and, because they did not find these prior patents on my invention, the two patents I filed were worthless. $40,000 was down the drain.
If you do not know if your invention is “new” you’re spending wasted money. If you are not aware of the prior art and it gets found later by the USPTO Patent examiner there’s a very good chance your patent will not be issued. Not only will you have wasted time and money, but you will be back to square one on trying to bring an idea to market.
“It is a wise first step to do your own patent search if you are an inventor. If you can find a patent reference that you feel is too close for comfort then you have saved the money associated with paying for a professional patent search and/or hiring a patent attorney or patent agent.”
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Benefits of a Patent Search
1. You can see what the competition is doing.
This is helpful for any inventor. You can learn from your competitions current patents and understand what direction a potential licensee might be developing their innovation in.
2. You can learn from past filings.
There’s always new discoveries to be found in existing patents that are similar to your own. That information is extremely important for you to make improvements and prevent workarounds.
3. Knowing your “point of difference”.
Knowing your inventions point of difference from similar inventions will be very helpful when trying to get a licensing deal or even funding from investors. It let’s you explain the unique benefit of your idea and how it will be interest consumers, creating one remarkable selling tool and strategy.
4. Having the confidence to move forward, redesign or move on!
If you find prior patents that are too similar to your idea, you have the ability at that point to decide to re-design your invention, or if it’s time to move on to another project. Knowing this early on in the process will save you time and money while allowing you to focus on an idea that does have value in the marketplace.
5. Making sure your invention can gain patented status.
After having a patent search done the information can be helpful for your patent attorney to define your invention and then focus on what’s most likely to be a patentable feature.
Does my patent search come with a guarantee?
Unfortunately, no patent search can be 100% guaranteed, and if someone claims they can provide one that is you should be very wary.
From Patent Attorney Gene Quinn:
“No guarantees can be provided. Pending patent applications are published 18 months after filing, which means that all relevant prior art can be found even with a professional patent search. It’s important to understand that the goal of a patent search is not just to guarantee that there’s no relevant prior art that will bar patentability, but rather to investigate whether the expense of a patent application makes sense. Patent searches allow you to make fully informed business decisions.”
What gets searched when performing a patent search?
A patent search looks at the different aspects and features of your invention and looks for them in previous filings. If a filing is found that is too similar to your invention or that your invention is an obvious variation of, the patent search will return telling you that previous art exists and that you are not likely to gain a patent.
Can I do the search myself?
Yes! Although many inventors do perform their own searches, patent searching is an intricate and time consuming process that takes time to master. Many inventors who perform self-searches end up missing previous filings, only to have their patent application rejected by the USPTO, after they have spent money trying to gain a patent. Considering our patent search starts at just $600 and a patent can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $20,000 or more, a professional search is a smart investment!
Do I always need to perform a patent search before filing a patent?
Performing a patent search is always a good idea before pursuing IP on any idea. With the USPTO receiving over 250,000 patent applications every year, you never know what might be out there to challenge your ideas patentability.