Background and general information:
The goal of patent searching is to decrease the level of uncertainty and to find what already exists in the area of the invention. It is important, however, to know that the result of searches performed by information managers and patent attorneys throughout the world cannot guaranty the fact a certain invention does not exist; it can only tell that the invention could not be found under the limits of the search budget.
Patents, which exist in various patent databases around the world in the pending procedure, remain confidential for, at least, the first year (according to the regulations of each country). This confidentiality provides the inventor valuable time to promote his invention before it is published. There are many patent databases and only some of them are computerized, however many of these databases, have accessibility problems. A higher budget yields a better and more profound search, and enables retrieval of additional information.
Patents can come in different classification and different search word, which makes it much more difficult for the searcher because the invention might exist in different search words which hadn’t been scanned at the time of the search.
Nowadays while searching in most areas, it is very probable that patents already exist in the area of the new invention. However, the existence of other patents does not mean that a new patent cannot be accepted; many of the products being sold around the world today have a specific patent even though there are other patents in their area.
Before we begin searching we sign a confidentiality agreement with the inventor. It is important for the inventor to sign a confidentiality agreement before presenting his idea/invention. It is worthwhile for the inventor to make sure he signs the agreement with a well-known and reliable company with a good reputation in order to be certain that the company will honor the confidentiality agreement that was signed. It is recommended to check the experience and the capabilities of the company to which the idea is being presented in order not to miss a business opportunity.
It is important to make sure the company has the ability to proceed to the next stage after the search, in order to implement the invention and the patents in the best way.
We carry out searches in different paths according to the inventor’s budget and goal:
Preliminary search– The preliminary search is very short and not comprehensive, and cannot be relied upon its results when proceeding promoting the idea and the invention.
Initial search– an information manager is carrying out this search, and a primary scanning is being made in the patents database. The inventor receives the details of the patents found in that area in order to consider proceeding with the invention or not.
The payment is in advanced and it introduces the inventor with primal information about patents with in his area.
Comprehensive search– Professional search carried out by a patent attorney in several main databases in the world, at the end of the search the inventor receive a summarized opinion from the patent attorney and his scanning results, for his consideration.
The payment is in advanced and it introduces the inventor with comprehensive information about patents in the area and also an opinion of an authorized patent attorney.
Intensive search– Professional search carried out by a patent attorney in a several main databases in the world, at the end of the search the inventor receive a summarized opinion from the patent attorney and his scanning results for his consideration.
The payment is in advanced and it introduces the inventor with intensive information about patents in the area and also the summarized opinion of an authorized patent attorney.
To order a search and signing a confidentiality agreement please click here, or call: 03-9711011