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Patent searching is a key tool for companies all over the globe. To hold an upper edge, a company chalks out it’s road map on various factors where patent searching is practised as a necessary tool to give strategic inputs.
A patent gives it’s owner the right to restrict others from forming, applying, importing or trading the invention without permission. Before such a right is given, there is a precise check on whether the process or product is inventive (i.e. isn’t obvious), novel (hasn’t been foreseen in any published document) and industrially relevant (possesses utility). A patent search typically deals with search, research, and data mining.
It includes a search of the database of the intellectual property regulator of India to verify whether an already existing object or invention is either identical or similar to the applicant’s invention.
A patent registration helps you to get a patent of an intellectual property (an invention carried out by an individual or a firm). A Patent is governed by the Patent Act 1970 & Patent Rules 1972. If you file a patent now then after 20 years it falls under the public domain. or online patent filing in India can be done by LegalRaasta which acts as a patent agent in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai & all other Indian cities.
Why finding a patent?
There is a need to carry out a patent search. You will have free access, all the relevant and latest information on competitors work. You can make great use of this information by carrying out a patent search:
As a source of information. You may see technical solutions that you would never before thought of.
Patent searches instantly show if somebody has already had the same idea as you.
Patent searches reveal whether your invention is fresh and innovative and hence patentable.
- To find prior art if there is anything already registered or under the process of registration that could also include documents outlining the state of the art or material which the applicant would be interested in.
To find out that if there is anything which has been already registered or is under the process of registration which can also include documents outlining the state of the art or any material which the applicant would be interested in.
To preserve you from infringing the patent rights of others. Always use patent-protected designs for your products or services.
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Steps for Searching Patents
- Already knowing the patent number
The patent number is the easiest solution to access the patent information database because patent numbers are normally seen on manufactured objects. The collectors usually use patent numbers to locate information while linking to a particular antique object. Despite at which date the patent was assigned, if you know the patent number, you can instantly pull up the full-text patent by searching an option on our website LegalRaasta.
- When not having a patent number
There is another way where you can search for patents by investor or topic though options differ depending on how far back you need to search. All searches are available on the internet.
- If you recognise the patentee or assignee
Search by keyword, as it will make your search more easy and effective. LegalRaasta will enable you to define the field you want it to search in.
- Already know the subject of the invention
If you do not have a precise patent in mind and just need to search for different patents by subject there are various distinct choices:
- Search by keyword
- Search a research database for a particular discipline and limit the search results to just patents.
How to Search for Patents
The way you search for patent information will depend on your purposes and what you know already. Your search can be centred on the appropriate technology, the markets you are interested in, or possibly what your competitors have preserved.
To make searching more comfortable, every patent is divided by it’s subject matter. Patent classification schemes have a tree-like structure, and all level of classification has a different reference code. Inventions are classified into technologies Example: – “Engineering” has been divided into classes like mechanical engineering and then into subclasses like machines or equipment. Patent classification is a hierarchical system that incorporates a patent according to the state of technology it falls into. It performs managing and searching patents that fall into the identical technical group or sub-group.
There are various patent classifications like the International Patent Classification, Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), etc.
The 2 main group schemes used by patent offices globally are:
- The International Patent Classification includes about 70,000 different IPC codes. You can survey the class headings and do keyword searches on the WIPO website IPC page. We use this type of system as it’s more common.
- The Cooperative Patent Classification is an expansion of the IPC. It’s together controlled by the European Patent Office and the US Trademark and Patent Office.
Searching using classification codes
Classification codes can be a helpful tool when examining inventions. Keyword searches alone can lead to very large numbers of results. Using classification codes collectively with keyword searches can assist you to get focused results.
Usually, searchers will make a list of keywords that define the invention and recognize appropriate classification codes. Top-level classifications are helpful when the same term can be used to define an invention in varying technoloical fields. Lower order classifications can be helpful to narrow a search where a huge number of documents are reclaimed.
Procedure of Patent Application
General sources of patent searches
- Keyword Searches: Use of ideas and terms linked to the invention or the area of interest by entering text characters as search terms. Using different terms like synonyms, spelling variations, acronyms which also assists in locating records linked to the same technological area. This is generally used and is a basic search category for patent searchers.
- Classification Searches: Precise codes have been selected to describe different technical fields which are used to classify patented documents.Patented documents are classified as per the subject matter of claims. Classification search helps in recognizing patents to a precise technical field. This search is especially effective to open patents not having any particular keyword which is used in searches but is relating to a specific technology.
- Structure Searches:Chemical structures can be searched on several databases where molecule to molecule indexing of chemical structures is done. The searches are typically useful since keyword searches are frequently inadequate to recover appropriate structures or full versions of the structure of interest to the searcher.
- Sequence Searches: On the same lines to chemical structures, sequence searches are applied for nucleotide and protein series.
- Image Searches: Usually not given by primary databases, some search engines like Google permit image to image mapping search algorithm which assists in recognizing same images. These searches can be typically helpful for mechanical and electromechanical inventions.
The blend of the above kinds of searches based on the nature of the project will be the most suitable and efficient search plan.
Significance of Patent Search
Before registering a patent application, a patent search can assist with various objectives like:
- Defining the probability of having a patent granted to a stated intention.
- Verifying the claims to be filed in the patent application.
- Deciding the freedom to operate.
- Settling whether a given patent can be invalidated.
- Understanding more about the same inventions and status of same patent filings.
Creating and Refining Search Queries
- Truncation or Wildcard operators: It is a kind of operator that stands for an undefined number of characters in doubts.
- Proximity operators and Proximity operators search: Proximity operators search are based on the distance by several terms departing 2 keywords and even locate words in the same para.
- Boolean Operators: Main Boolean operators are AND, NOT, and OR that can be applied in all collections.
Guide before you start Patent Search
- You have multiple options when beginning a patent search. A professional is more likely to obtain prior information than you and will do it quickly, so contact our expert team to do this for you.
- Doing your patent search, first, brainstorm a list of related keywords. With any search engine, online patent searches provide results only as good as the keywords. Therefore, high-grade keywords increase your chances of getting proper information. As there are more than thousands of patents. The best keywords might save you hours of searching the completely irrelevant patents.
- Valuable questions to ask yourself and answer in the most precise technical terms when building your keyword list are:
- What is my invention’s design?
- Is my invention a process or a product?
- What is my invention made of?
- How is my invention used?
- Keep up to date yourself with old terms and business jargons and consulting scientific dictionaries and glossaries will help you find more keywords. Understanding these terms will give you a choice when doing a patent search. Also, look for buzzwords and terminology regarding the latest technology.
- You might examine existing products and discuss with our experts before doing your patent search. You will get a better feel for the market in which your product will compete. You may receive a better idea of which elements of your invention are most innovative and patentable and which are required to be clarified. Be aware of the fact that some parts of your invention may have been previously patented.
- Information about “Old-fashioned products and products in improvement but not yet on the market” is also necessary to be gained, so by knowing industry journals, historical documents, trade shows and exhibition listings etc is beneficial.
- Also, make yourself familiar with some of the basic patent search tools.
Patent Portfolio Watch
Management of Intellectual Property has become a significant competitive field in global trade. A patent portfolio watch can assist a corporate experience and examine the technologies, patents, and market plans of various entities. An organized patent portfolio watch can support the Corporate be in the right alignment to face various market forces. Having a strong patent portfolio can have a large impact on the balance sheet of the company.
Our assistance in this upright include:
- Recognizing and gathering particular Intellectual Property assets of a given corporate.
- Developing frameworks around various patent portfolios to help in effective extraction, preservation and interpretation of IP assets.
- Outlining readily understandable, significant Patent Portfolio Reports
Advantages of patent research
- It highlights the amount of competition.
- It confirms that whether the idea of your invention has already been patented or not.
- It contributes to finding out what part of your invention shall make the most for patentability.
It gives you the exclusive right to stop others from copying, manufacturing, selling, or importing your invention without your permission.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is the search of the patent database to determine if there is any other patent application similar or identical to an invention that is to be patented.
New inventions refer to any technology or pertains to a specific product or service which has not been anticipated by publication in any document or has been used in the country or elsewhere in the world before the date of filing of the application with complete specification i.e the subject matter has not fallen in the public domain or that it doesn’t form a part of the state of the art.
A patent can be filed either by a new inventor or his assignee (alone or jointly with any other people).
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Updates as on January 18, 2021
- January 18, 2021, Smart devices maker Oppo India is in the process of filing 80 patents and will enhance focus on the development of 5G device ecosystem in 2021.
- March 05, 2020, Facebook has recently got the India patent for an invention to give universal support to cell phones. It will boost Facebook’s efforts to support a wide variety of mobile phones without compromising on the quality of service. Facebook received the patent from the IPO, Chennai on 3rd March.
- March 03, 2020, The Osmania University, Secunderabad has launched ‘Total Patient One’, a patent search facility for researchers and teachers. This will help to spread awareness regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). It will also help better coordination with regulatory bodies and research institutions.