The patent protection process begins by identifying what existing patents and prior art exist in the marketplace. This comprehensive inquiry requires the researcher to devise appropriate terms for text-based searching; identify correct U.S Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) classes, subclasses, and categories; scour USPTO filings and other resources; and modify parameters and repeat steps before reaching a final conclusion. A patent search can also be a defensive measure that enables a patent holder to monitor the competitive landscape, safeguard inventions, and develop a robust patent portfolio.
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 Professional Search Services
Patent searching can be complicated, demanding precious time, effort, and subject matter expertise in what frequently evolves into a lengthy investigation. For many inventors and intellectual property portfolio managers, assistance from Brooks Kushman’s patent searching professionals brings significant advantages.
Our teams of highly experienced Patent Searchers each 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 team of Patent Searchers works closely with our patent attorneys to fully understand the competitive landscape in which our clients operate, helping them make important business decisions that impact the bottom line.