Patent Searching

Patent Searching

When launching a new product on the market or filing a patent application, a professional patent search provides a strong platform for informed decisions.  Increasingly, organisations are also using patent searching to monitor competitor patent activities, in order to better understand the competitive landscape in which they operate. 

Knowing where and how to look for relevant technical, patent and business information when conducting a comprehensive patent search requires high level training and years of experience.  As an assurance of quality, all our searches are conducted by, or under the supervision of, an experienced patent attorney who is also a professional patent searcher.

Our Patent Intelligence Services group is led by Susanne Hantos, an internationally recognised expert on searching and analysing business-critical information.  Susanne has more than 15 years experience working with patent information and is former President of the international patent information professional body, the PIUG.

At DCC, we deliver reliable results with the highest level of confidentiality assured.

Searching & Analysis: prior art, freedom to operate & competitive intelligence

Our search and analysis service offerings include:

  • Prior art searches and analysis
  • Freedom to operate searches and analysis
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Patent family and name searching
  • Patent landscape searched and analysis

Prior art searching and analysis at Davies Collison Cave

Prior art is either technical or patent information that may hinder the grant of a patent or invalidate a granted patent.  To evaluate whether a proposed invention is patentable, it is recommended that a novelty search be conducted to identify potentially relevant prior art.  If it is the strength of a granted patent that is under review, then a validity search will assist in making the assessment.

Freedom to operate searching and analysis at Davies Collison Cave

Freedom to operate searches and analysis can help organizations in a number of ways.  The knowledge obtained from search on patent infringement search can help guide research and product development to ensure that new products or services being brought to market will not infringe patent rights owned by competitors.

A patent infringement risk search will identify in-force patents or pending patent applications that may block a product launch. 

A patent landscape search or state of the art search will provide an overview of patents and published patent applications in a particular field to identify unexploited technological niches as well as potential collaborators, licensing targets or strategic business acquisitions. Without being exhaustive, this type of search is  a cost effective way to identify threatening competitor patents and provides a basis to assess whether your own invention can be prosecuted using the patent system.

Competitive intelligence at Davies Collison Cave

Patent information is a key resource being used organisations to gain a clearer understanding of competitors and their future plans.  A profile of the patent activity of a company or an inventor obtained during a name search can be invaluable for gaining insight about a competitor’s business goals, as well as any recent change in its focus.  Many technology related activities can be monitored by conducting subject specific watches for new patent applications filed or journal articles published in relation to a particular technology or by a particular organisation or person. A status watch will alert when a patent application of interest is accepted to enable early considerations of whether to oppose a patent grant.  Sometimes, there is a need to identify competitors who could be infringing your patent rights.  An evidence of use search will scan technologies currently published in patent applications or elsewhere to find any potential infringers.