A patent search is a search of issued patents and published patent applications for inventions that might be considered important “prior art” references when applying for a patent. The prior art is anything in the public domain, patented or not patented, that may determine whether an invention is novel or not.
Every year, patent authorities get thousands of patent applications. Not all applications are approved by the authorities. The reason for this is that there are other similar inventions/applications or methods involved in the invention that are not innovative.
For example, pharmaceutical companies in India file for patents every year when their research and development teams invent a product or mostly, the ‘steps’ to formulate or derive a particular active ingredient (drug). Often, these drugs are not innovative and the innovation is not registered. Thus, instead of wasting time on the patent process, it is best to find out through patent search if there are any similar inventions/applications already patented.
• It shows the level of competition
• It confirms whether or not your invention's concept has already been patented
• It assists with determining which aspects of your innovation are most likely to be patentable
• It grants you the sole right to prevent others from reproducing, manufacturing, selling, or importing your innovation without your permission
• Details of the applicant
• Details of the invention
• Drawings (if any) for better clarity
1. Collecting the information about patent invention( Patent Abstract)
2. Submitting the Patent priority documents
1. Assessment of the invention
2. Thorough review and comparison of related work
3. Extensive patent database search
Submitting the patent search report with information about any prior existing art