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Preliminary novelty searches & evaluation of patentability

Is your invention really new, or does someone already have a patent for it? Preliminary novelty search finds relevant patent publications and evaluates the novelty of an invention, and patentability search evaluates its patentability.

With novelty search, we determine whether the invention resembles previous patent publications and search for relevant obstacles to protection. To find out whether applying for a patent is worthwhile and to focus the protection on the parts that can be protected, we will scan your invention for new and unique features compared to already known solutions. In the process, we will obtain information on already patented solutions, which can be used in your product development phase. Additionally, patentability search looks for patent combinations that could become obstacles to patenting. The searches help you save time and money as early as in the product development phase. 

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Fixed price for preliminary novelty and patentability search

1 500 € (+VAT) / 3 000 € (+VAT)

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This is how we work

1. Defining the invention

In the kick-off meeting, we will review the invention orally and on the basis of available images, written descriptions and other material, such as the product or service itself. We will also review which features of the solution, according to you, differ from those previously known, i.e. what you consider to be the new features of the invention.

2. Database searches and analysis

We will create a search profile, i.e. search words and other search criteria, based on your description of the invention. We use several commercial and non-commercial databases to search for publications relevant to the invention. We will analyse the novelty of the invention with respect to the publications found during our search.

3. Reporting and recommendation for actions

We will prepare a written report of the search results. We will also provide copies of the most important patent publications. Moreover, we will propose further measures, such as whether the invention is patentable per se, or whether there are features that could be further developed. At your request, we can go through the results and suggestions orally.

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