Searching & Analyses
It is estimated that about 800,000 patents being published worldwide every year. Further, a staggering 70% of the information available in patent literature is not available elsewhere. Thus, a literature search without a careful study of the patent literature cannot be afforded in today’s age of information. In fact, a prior art search and analysis is powerful tool when used right, and is done in various specific contexts.
Prior art search and analyses is done in various specific contexts. Each situation demands a very specific kind of task to achieve the purpose. The skill and experience required for them is unique and cannot be undermined. A prior art search and careful analyses of the results may be used to get a grasp on the current state-of-the-art in a given technological field. It may also be used to get an insight on the problems at hand. Further it may be used to obtain technological trends.
Xellect IP Solutions teaches and undertakes some of the focused prior art searches and analyses, which include:
Landscapes: This is done to
obtain a grasp of the current state-of-the-art in any given technology
Patentability: This kind of search involves the search and analyse of all of the available prior art in light of an invention, thus, increasing the possibility of getting a patent granted. Further, by having a good patentability search performed ahead of time, all possible office actions may be anticipated. A stronger patent will result when a patent is drafted in light of a good patentability search and analysis
Invalidation: A comprehensive search of all publicly available valid documents, especially patent documents, that will render the claims of a potentially dominating or damaging patent invalid.
Infringement: The careful and well-constructed analysis of a situation to determine if an alleged product or service “reads upon” one or more claims of an active and valid patent.
Clearance: Also termed ‘Freedom-To-Practice’ or ‘Freedom-To-Operate’, and generally referred to in industry parlance in their abbreviated forms as FTP or FTO search, this type of prior art search results in the reasonable assurance that a product and its components are not claimed in one or more active patents owned by others in a particular territory.