There are various types of patent searches that we can perform on your behalf. These patent searches are designed to help inform you of possible patent infringement, whether your invention is patentable, or whether you have the rights to use your invention in a certain area. The different type of searches are as follows:
1. Freedom to Operate (“FTO”) or the right to use concentrates on uncovering enforceable patents that might act as a roadblock to commercialization of your product or service. FTO analysis helps to understand what patent infringement risks exist with the potential commercialization of your product, or service. FTO also help you understand where the risk may lie, and it helps you determine how to manage those risks. An FTO analysis is performed to identify those patents in set same technology area as your product or service. In addition, it analyzes those patents to determine whether your product or service falls within the scope of the claims of those issued patents.
2. Patentability Reports: A patentability report focuses on determining whether prior art references are relevant to your invention’s novelty and non-obviousness. A patentability report consisted of looking through a wide-array of material including patents, published patent applications, journals, articles, non-patent literature, etc.
3. Validity: A validity search is similar to a patentability report expect it focuses on the issued patent instead of the invention. Using this type of report can give you as the patent owner what to assess the strength of a given patent in preparation for enforcement of that patent. A validity report consisted of looking through a wide-array of material including patents, published patent applications, journals, articles, non-patent literature, etc.
4. Mining: “A mining search is carried out in order to find and gather related patent assets owned by an entity — mining searches are usually performed for at least one selected technology area. This type of search is often executed on behalf of an entity which owns many patent assets and which may therefore not be fully aware of the scope of their portfolio. The patent assets uncovered in mining searches may then be rated, and these ratings can be leveraged to gather related assets for licensing or divestiture collections, and can also be used for maintenance decisions.”
5. State-of-the-Art: This type of search is executed to determine the existing solutions and potential competitors within a certain field. It also includes looking at both patent and non-patent literature.