Efficient patent search and patent development for new inventions
State of the art analysis
If you are working on a new invention, you should check the state of the art and existing patents in good time before investing a lot of time in developing a product. Only by checking a patent register to ensure that your invention has not yet been officially registered , for example , can you reduce the risk of unnecessarily working on a development that already exists.
A prior-art search helps to differentiate your own invention from existing patents and to explain the differences that justify the new patent in the patent application . With a well-founded patent search, you can assess the chances of success of a patent application in advance and at the same time prevent the risk of infringing third-party property rights.
International Patent Research
When researching patents, you face the challenge that you cannot limit yourself to the regional or national market, but also have to include the worldwide patent applications. The German Patent and Trademark Office is not only responsible for patent protection in Germany. For patent research, for example in Germany, Europe, the USA or China, you need access to a wide variety of offices and organizations. Comprehensive patent databases provide you with information on patents from all over the world under one surface.
German Patent and Trademark Office
United States Patent and Trademark Office
World Intellectual Property Organization
European Patent Office
Chinese Patent Office
International Patent Classification
The International Patent Classification (IPC) is used to structure and categorize patents worldwide in order to facilitate patent searches. The IPC is used by most patent authorities and enables patent research regardless of any language barriers. A patent search tool should also offer the IPC search in order to make the search as efficient as possible for the user.
Online Patent Research
Fortunately, patent experts can now use the Internet to find patent information and conduct patent research online. The times in which extensive research in index cards had to be carried out are long gone.
But searching for patents on the Internet is also tricky. Sooner or later you will find what you are looking for in a patent search on the Internet, because new inventions are generally published by the patent offices . However, they are usually not published in detail in any other context (for example in specialist journals).
It is therefore problematic to keep track of the large number of global patent applications . In 2014, for example, there were almost 2.7 million patent applications worldwide .
Professional Patent Database
Unlike a patent search in the free search engines like Google, a professional patent database how can LexisNexis ® Total Patent One ™ help you quickly find the information you need patent professionals. The patent database search offers a number of advantages, including:
Access to 100 patent offices via one platform
Narrowing the search results to relevant hits using a Boolean search
Insight into historical patent documents in digitized form