Current Awareness/Alert Services/Clipping Services
Patent & Literature Searching: Equivalents, Legal Status, Patentee, Inventor, Company/Institutions, Authors Novelty, Prior Art, Freedom to Operate Oppositions, Infringements Substances, Properties, Preparations, Uses Technology, Formulations, Health & Safety Citation, Reviews, Conferences, Dissertations.
Chemical Structure Searching: Exact, Substructure, Polymers, Mixtures, Markush, Reactions
Organizations use patent searches to help them address these types of questions or situations:
• Sources of new innovation ideas... to help focus research and development efforts to gain competitive advantage.
• Is your invention patentable? Can you obtain protection for your invention?
• Are you free to practice a technology—manufacture or sell a product, or carry out a process—without fear of being sued for infringing a patent?
• Should you be concerned about others’ patents that relate to your business plans?
• Can you keep others from practicing your technology by enforcing your patents?
• Can (or should) you manufacture, sell or operatewithout patent protection?
• Track the development activities of key industry players
• Identify newcomers to the industry
• Identify emerging threats (e.g.,China)
• Determine if foreign competition is a factor
• Gain insight into marketing strategy by seeing in which countries a competitor is patenting
• Identify emerging competitor products; follow trends and technological developments in R&D
• Monitor who is citing your patents
• Explore potential customers for patents you want to license or sell
• Track patent expiration dates so that you are ready to strike as soon as your competitors are vulnerable
• Liability (Infringement)
• Who are potential Licensors/Licensees?
• Also look for reassignments, oppositions, legal status