That’s how experts are doing patent researches

von Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP

The patent research is an essential step in the process of the patent application. It serves to determine whether your invention does already exist or not and thus whether it would actually be worthwhile. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing the patent research autonomously or if you dedicate the task to an attorney – in any case the work has to be accomplished like from a proficient. If you’re not accomplishing the patent research properly and if you’re missing anything, your patent might be refused at the audit procedure by the department. Any previous capital expenditures and time which you have investigated would have been for nothing. That’s the reason why we would like to tell you today whereon a proficient is paying attention to while doing a patent research. Possibly you might then determine whether you dare to conduct a patent research on your own or whether you prefer to play it safe by letting an expert do this work.

How am I doing a research?

In the first instance we would like to entrust to you that the research for the state of the art should be conducted before the development of your invention. This is crucial insofar as you can save a considerable amount of time and money if your idea already exists. There are several instruments and methods to conduct a research. Indeed you should not start searching with a tool which came the first along. Not every data base is equally appropriate for your purposes. Furthermore it is recommendable to reflect about a strategy in advance.

We would like to present you a method which we think is the most appropriate to find out whether there already exists a patent to your invention. This involves a combination of a research for keywords and a research for so called patent classifications. What both research methods are about in detail will be discussed later ...

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