Patent Database contains a huge volume of technology documents, in the form of patent descriptions and drawings. There are several categories of patent descriptions published namely
- patent applications awaiting grant of patent
- granted patents which are still subsisting
- granted patents which have expired or abandoned
These documents can be searched and identified for one’s own specific needs.
KASS provides the following patent search services
- Equivalent Patent Search
Equivalent patent searches are intended to identify equivalents of foreign patents. These types of searches can be useful for parties wanting to know the patent portfolio of a particular owner so that a consolidated action can be taken to attack validity of the patents or a part of due diligence exercise to be undertaken prior to assignment or licence of patents.
- Prior Art (Patentability / Novelty) Search
Prior art searches are intended to provide patent documents which disclose inventions close to an identified technology.
- Infringement Search (Freedom to Operate Search)
Infringement searches are used to identify subsisting patents that would bar the manufacture, use, or sale of a product, or a product made according to a process. This search is necessary before commencing manufacture or sale of a new product.
- Validity Search
Validity searches are used to attack the validity of a granted patent or to oppose a pending patent application. The search is also useful to determine the strength of a patent before taking an assignment or licence of the patent.
- Patent File Search
We search patent office files for the file history of a granted patent and published applications. The search is used to determine whether the patent was prosecuted according to Patent Regulations. Often such searches are done to attack the validity of a granted patent or to oppose pending applications.
- Competitor / Third-Party Search
All patents applied for or granted to a competitor or to any third party can be searched to know about its research strategy, to identity the key research staff, patent filing strategy etc. This will give a good indication on the technical areas a particular party is concentrating on.
Your case may have unique requirements. Upon receiving your instructions, we can customize the search to meet your quality, cost, time and scope.
Published Patent Office records of USA, UK, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Korea, Australia and other 65 countries.
Contact us for an informative discussion on your needs.