Strong patent protection begins with a thorough patent search. Patent searching is an opportunity to monitor the landscape by discovering which patents and prior art exist in the current marketplace. They’re an important defensive measure that helps companies develop a robust IP portfolio and safeguard their inventions.
The patent searching process can be complex and time consuming, requiring searchers to find appropriate terms for text-based searching, searching through U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) filings, and identifying correct USPTO classes, subclasses, and categories.
Depending on the ultimate objective, searches can take different forms, such as:
- Patentability Searches
- Validity Searches
- Infringement Searches
- Freedom to Operate Searches
- Accelerated Examination Searches
- State of the Art Searches
Benefits of Brooks Kushman’s Patent Search Services
Given the significant time, effort, and complexities that go into conducting a thorough patent search, partnering with Brooks Kushman can offer some significant advantages by delivering a combination of technical knowledge and legal experience.
Our patent searchers have technical degrees and routinely perform searches involving electrical, mechanical, and chemical arts in a wide variety of industries and technologies, providing:
- Industry Experience
- Relevant & Reliable Analysis
- Substantial Value & Cost-Efficiency
Our patent searchers also have the benefit of being able to work closely with our patent attorneys to fully understand the competitive landscape in which our clients operate, helping them make important business decisions that impact their bottom line.