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Prior art searches to find out the best possible solution for you & FAQs:-

1) Prior Art Search/ Patentability Search:

Generally, prior art constitutes all information that has been made available to the public in any form before a given date that might be relevant to a patent's claims of originality. Identifying patentability of your invention in advance help you in building proper business strategy and helps you in making a decision, whether it's worth to invest time and money in the particular invention. We at IQBRI-IP are well equipped to provide extensive research, analysis and opinion to make it swift for you to analyze novelty of the new invention and strategies thereafter. Our patentability search methodology includes broad keyword-based search, US and IPC Classification Search, Assignee and inventor based search and concept based search strategies to obtain relevant prior-arts from both patent and non-patent resources.

What we provide
  • Bibliographic details of the prior-arts
  • Series of Key-strings used to perform the search
  • List of keywords, inventors, assignee, patent classification (US, ECLA, F, IPC)
  • Color Mapping of the claims of prior art with the claims of subject patent
  • Snapshots of relevant figures
  • PDFs of relevant prior-arts
FAQ
What is prior art?
Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. Prior art does not need to exist physically or be commercially available. Prior art refers to any such technology that would invalidate a patent or limit its scope. An existing product is the most obvious form of prior art. This can lead many inventors to make a common mistake: just because they cannot find a product containing their invention for sale in any shops, they assume that their invention must be novel.
Prior art relies on what sources?
Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. Prior art does not need to exist physically or be commercially available. Prior art refers to any such technology that would invalidate a patent or limit its scope. An existing product is the most obvious form of prior art. This can lead many inventors to make a common mistake: just because they cannot find a product containing their invention for sale in any shops, they assume that their invention must be novel.
What is the importance of novelty?
Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. Prior art does not need to exist physically or be commercially available. Prior art refers to any such technology that would invalidate a patent or limit its scope. An existing product is the most obvious form of prior art. This can lead many inventors to make a common mistake: just because they cannot find a product containing their invention for sale in any shops, they assume that their invention must be novel.
What are the requirements for obtaining a patent?
Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. Prior art does not need to exist physically or be commercially available. Prior art refers to any such technology that would invalidate a patent or limit its scope. An existing product is the most obvious form of prior art. This can lead many inventors to make a common mistake: just because they cannot find a product containing their invention for sale in any shops, they assume that their invention must be novel.
2) Invalidation Search:

An analysis for understanding the strength of patent claims. Patent validation/Invalidation search is a typical type of patent search, which is conducted either to validate or invalidate a set of claim(s) of a patent. .  A patent invalidity (or patent validity) search can be used to determine the viability of an invalidity defense when facing a patent infringement suit. Invalidity prior art searches are used to invalidate a patent that has been or may be asserted. The other purpose of this type of search is also to determine and estimate the strength of the claim(s) that are granted. The output of this type of search is considered as one of the possible options to decide and analyze the merits for defending an infringement suit faced by a firm/individual.

Key points to conduct Validation/Invalidation Search
  • Analysis of claims granted for the patent in question in the context of text and drawings of the specification.
  • Extensive analysis of file history related to the patent to understand the grounds that lead to the grant of patent.
  • Framing comprehensive search strategy (including keywords, critical date restrictions, and classification codes) to uncover the prior-art.
  • Thorough review of prior-art publications to cross check the patentability aspects (Novelty and Non-obviousness) of the patent in question.
FAQs
What Do I Need to Provide for a Patent Invalidity Search?
  • A patent number and the specific claims which you need to invalidate (unless the entire claim set is at issue).
  • The target priority date, if different than the priority date listed on the face of the patent.
  • Any known prior art that is not listed on the face of the patent.
When Should You Conduct a Patent Invalidity Search?
  • Upon receiving a patent infringement complaint from a patent owner.
  • Upon receiving a cease & desist notice from a patent owner.
  • Prior to enforcing your own patents to determine invalidity risks.
  • For pre-issuance submissions, post-grant review (PGR) proceedings, and inter partes review proceedings (IPR) under the America Invents Act.
3) State of the Art Patent Search:

A State of the Art patent search is the vastest of all patent searches and is used to incline an overall perspective of a particular patent field. A State of the Art Search is used to help guide strategy - at both an IP and corporate level - and can help achieve long-term market goal. It is essentially a market survey that takes a broad, sweeping look at everything that has been done in a given art. This primary search will show you which patents and patent applications exist in a particular technical area. If you are aware of patent activities in your technical area, you are well placed to make profitable decisions later. In most cases, a State of the Art Search can save a client a great deal of time and money by apprising them what work has previously been done, what problems have been discovered and how they have been solved, who is active in the field of art.

Key points to conduct Validation/Invalidation Search
  • We conduct an examination to cover a more closely defined technical area. This includes published patents and patent applications on a worldwide basis, and other relevant literature.
  • You receive a written report containing findings and assessments that can be used as evidence or documentation later in the process.
  • You will be given a case officer who specialises in the technical areas concerned. You can have a dialogue with this person before, during and after the preliminary examination.
FAQs
Who needs a State of the Art Patent Search?
There are two situations in which a State of the Art patent search is useful:
  • Entering a new field either through investment or acquisition
  • Determining research direction
4) Freedom to Operate Search:

Our Freedom to Operate (FTO) Search service helps to find potential patent barriers to commercialize the products or technologies. This due diligence process examines the claims language of third-party, in-force patents as a means of assessing your risk of potential infringement.
The purpose of an FTO search is to identify in-force patents or published patent applications with claims that cover the technology, process, or the product being targeted. In conducting an FTO search and analysis, it is worth bearing in mind that some of the limitations on patents also offer potential opportunities

Why should you consider an FTO search?
  • To support the clearance of the products, technologies, or processes (with logo pic)
  • To Conduct patent infringement risk assessments (with logo pic)
  • To uncover licensing needs (with logo pic)
  • To provide direction for your product development programs (with logo pic)
  • Snapshots of relevant figures
  • PDFs of relevant prior-arts
5) Infrigement Search:

An Infringement Search seeks to confirm that your launched product won't infringe upon any in-force patents. An infringement search takes it to the broader perspective and attempts to determine where you could legally market your product. Patent infringement is when a business or individual infringes on a patented invention without the patent holder's permission. A person infringes on a patent when they make or use, sell, or offer to sell patented items. A patent is said to be infringed when a product/process hampers the rights given to a patentee. A patentee is given the rights to exclude others from making, using, importing, selling or offering for sale the patented invention for up to 20 years. This scope of protection granted to a patentee gives him the right to take legal action against the infringing firms/Individuals.

Patent landscape reports (PLRs) provide an overview of the patent scenario of a particular technology, either within a given region or globally. They can intimate about policy discussions, strategic research planning or technology transfer.

Our Patent Landscape Search helps to:
  • Monitor markets of interest;
  • determine which patents are now in the public domain;
  • learn who the current competitors are and who the future competitors will be;
  • see how rapidly new innovation is taking place in your space;
  • determine what other technologies your competitors are working on;
  • identify gaps in research & development;
  • determine which of your patents are most valuable;
  • identify which patents are seminal discoveries and which are incremental improvements;
  • learn who could benefit from licensing your inventions and whose inventions could be licensed to your benefit;
  • visualize the most densely patented and most sparsely patented technology area;
  • To determine the most prolific inventors; and to determine if there is a disconnection between the patents held by your organization and those required to implement your business strategy.
WHITE SPACE ANALYSIS

“White Space” is the area with little or no patenting activity. “White Space” designates an analysis methodology that identifies the absence of patents in a particular product or technology area as a primary driver of innovation decision-making. There is no doubt that an important aspect of any innovation assessment is when a company is introducing a new product or technology and it needs to know at an early stage whether it can own the fruits of its innovation efforts, and whether it might be sued for infringement by a third party.

Our Approach

IQBri IP conducts an in-depth analysis of patents belonging to a particular domain of technology. We provide charts showing technology growth and white-gap area where further R&D can be done to gain a competitive edge and to carry out incremental innovation for new product development. We help clients take tough decisions when looking for growth in existing technologies. Our in-depth analysis and white-space report of technology enable our clients to identify the future potential research areas. Our research team consists of experienced employees in many disciplines who prepare the report through intensive research and analytics.

6) Patent Portfolio Analysis:

Patent portfolio analysis is a process where a company can coordinate its patent strategy with its product strategy. A patent portfolio can be a significant part of a corporation’s overall value. The value of a patent portfolio should be measured as a whole to see the true value of a company’s patents. The portfolio analysis is performed to identify the relevant strength of all patents within the portfolio and if need be to understand how and which of the patents in the given portfolio are potentially infringed by the already existing products in the market.

WHAT WILL YOU GET : -
  • We provide high-quality, customized and cost-effective intellectual property research, Portfolio Management and IP Intelligence.
  • We hunt for infringers and map them to company’s patent portfolio (offensive patent portfolio analysis).
  • We also conduct defensive patent portfolio analysis (Studying competitor patent portfolio onto your product line) and help you in identifying potential candidates for licensing.
  • We can also provide Patent to Technical Standard Mapping reports, for the patent portfolio.
  • Implementation of Graphical Representation in reports, using a combination of graphs, pie-charts, bubble charts and 2-D and 3-D charts, for clearer picture.
  • User friendly reports with integrated search function, to categorize and organize the whole portfolio as per revenue generation potential or with significant future market value to you.
  • As an add-on service, our team provides a complete support, even after report submissions, to further litigation and IPR issues.
7) Patent Monitoring Services:

A patent watching search is a check made at frequent intervals through relevant Official Journals or computer databases for newly published granted patents or pending patent applications appropriate to the requirements you specify. For these services our firm has yearly/monthly subscriptions available and we provide the results dedicatedly on client’s email ID.

Advantages : -
  • We efficiently track your patent landscape using our patent watch, alert and profiling services.
  • We have different kinds of service in monitoring and are categorise i.e. subject matter/applicant name.
  • We do Market Watch, to determine areas of research. IQBRI-IP offers market watch services to its clients to enable them to be in loop with regard to any technology or corresponding to a particular player without burning a hole in their pocket.

Trademark Services: -

Trademark searches refer to any action taken for the purpose of determining whether and/or a trademark is used in commerce. Trademark searches can be narrow in scope or can include results from every avenue for trademark protection for every mark is remotely similar to the mark that is the subject of the search. An appropriate searching strategy will consider the nature of the mark, the nature of the goods/services the mark covers, the timeline for bringing the mark to commerce, and the applicant’s allocation of resources.

What we do:-
  • KNOCKOUT trademark SEARCH
  • FULL SEARCH
  • DESIGN SEARCH

Copyrights Services:-

Copyright protects expression of thoughts and ideas in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, in any mode or form of expression. Copyright provides protection to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. Copyright protection provides benefits in the form of economic rights, such as by making copies, issuing copies to the public, performing in public, broadcasting and use on-line and to obtain monetary benefits there from.

We have a specialized team of professionals who search and retrieve copies of records open to public inspection in up to date databases and the records of the Copyright Offices in various jurisdiction of the world.