Practice shows that investment in prior art search repeatedly pays off due to the saving on R&D. While patent clearance of a product is a ’conditio sine qua non’ for its entering trade turnover.

A Brief of the Object

Patents are unique as a source of technical information. About two thirds of the know-how uncovered in patents generally are unavailable from other sources. Due to this the patent library is the one and only technical database in respect of its completeness and systematization. Let’s exemplify some cases of patent research application. A patent search is necessary for defining the current state of the art and detecting analogues in the course of framing and patenting an invention, utility model or industrial design.

To introduce a new product or service, a business individual should possess and guarantee novelty (the «patent purity’») of the product. The novelty is a legal attribute of a product or a technology to keep within the exclusive copyrights of third persons. In practice, it is possible to speak about patent purity when no other person’s objects of intellectual property such as inventions, industrial samples, trademarks, and etc. are employed in an inventive product. Should your goods be not covered by guarantees of the kind, your business in manufacture, realization or whatever use of the product could cause you a real headache. You could happen upon an arrest of the consignment at the customs, a prohibition of production and sale of goods, its seizure and elimination accompanied by significant penalties and compensations.

The document certifying patent purity of a product in Russia and other states is the Patent Pattern. A Patent Pattern provided to your counterpart notably increases your goods’ competitiveness. Integration of Russia into the world economics makes product patent purity not only an advisable required, but an obligatory condition of participation in the trade turnover. A patent pattern is prepared based on the results of special patent research. A patent research requires a proficient expert who not only has good knowledge of patent documentation funds and is skills in information analysis, but also is competent in the domestic, foreign and international patent law. Beware of trusting your affairs to laymen, as serious expenditures can finally result in nothing but a show of work done.

There is also another practical application of patent research which is, alas, often forgotten about. This is detection of designs, accessible for implementation. The basis of the patent law is understood as the provision of monopoly for usage and disposition of an innovation to the patentee. However, this monopoly is restricted in terms of: time, by the patent life; territory, by the patenting states; and matter, by the cumulative novelty. Hence follows an important practical conclusion. On expiration of a patent, or in the countries where the patent is not in force, or in case of changes of some features an innovation can be completely lawfully utilized by any person concerned. Facing a technical challenge does not inevitably demand a start from zero and new huge investments in R&D. Very likely, the problem is already solved, and the solution has seen the light in the description of a newest German, American or Japanese patent. All you need is just to find it! Provided that an innovation is not patented in Russia (this is, alas, most often the case in Russia which is still not considered a competitor by the world ’leaders of technical progress’) the development can be safely introduced on the one seventh of the earth. Practice shows that capital investment in patent research is multiply paid due to saving on R&D.

Service Procedure

We accomplish all kinds of patent research in compliance with the norms of GOST R.15.011-96 «The System of Product Development and Manufacture Startup. Patent Research».

The key stages of work:

  1. Scheduling the research.
  2. Information search.
  3. Selection of sources for reviewing.
  4. Analysis of the information selected.
  5. Systemizing the analysis results and formulation of findings and recommendations.
  6. Report preparation.

Initial scheduling and information review are carried out in cooperation with technicians-representatives of the customer.

Service Charge

The cost of patent research services is determined chiefly by the bulk of the patent data analyzed and depends on their priority and customer requirements for the report execution.

Data necessary for agreement and starting the procedure:

  1. Customer Data.
  2. Technical requirements specifying the:
    • object of search,
    • target of search,
    • countries of search,
    • retrospective search resolution.