Published Patents

Searching for published patents 

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The National or Regional Patent Office of a country in which a patent application is filed will usually undertake a patent search of previously filed patents and patent applications. This determines whether an invention forming the basis of a patent application is new and inventive.

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Patent searching before or soon after filing a patent application can provide an initial indication as to whether a patent is likely to be granted in respect of the invention. In addition, a patent search may need to be undertaken for the purposes of assessing whether an invention is likely to infringe an existing patent.

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In general, the decision to undertake patent searching will depend on your financial resources, the circumstances surrounding the invention, such as the complexity of the invention and the technological field, and whether you intend to use the invention or to offer the invention to an interested third party.

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Our experts can conduct in-house preliminary searches using worldwide patent databases in respect of published patents and applications for patents and/or we can request a search to be undertaken by organisations dedicated to conducting patent searching.

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If you would like us to conduct a preliminary search or request a search by a patent office then contact our specialist team today.

Published Patents