InvestigatePatents is ready to be of assistance to you with regards to any searches that you may need serviced, in the mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, design, methods of doing business, personal care products, lubricants, energy formulations, polymers and numerous other fields. We look forward to using our many years of experience in conducting such searches for small companies as well as many Fortune 500 companies, law firms of all sizes. Our expertise comes from hands on experience by conducting searches for our clients since 1970. An in-depth understanding of how patents are drafted as well as the interpretation and understanding of the scope of patent claims, which have been the subject of many court decisions, is what distinguishes us from many patent search professionals, giving us a distinct professional edge when it comes to patent searching.
Many companies and law firms turn to us to locate significant disclosures or teachings, that are in the prior art, in order to invalidate a United States or foreign patent. We employ various search tools and strategies to find that "hard to find" prior art reference even when others have failed. We look forward to being of assistance.

InvestigatePatents is available to provide the following types of searches with a professional edge:

  • Patentability Search
  • Infringement or Freedom to Operate or Right to Market Searches for the United States and selected foreign countries and/or regions
  • Validity Search
  • State of the Art
  • Accelerated Examination
  • Collection Search

Patentability, Special, Validity, Patent Assignment, Support of Petition to Make Special for Accelerated Examination Programe, State of the Art, Collection, Infringement or Right to Market or Freedom to Operate, Non-Patent Literature Searches, Patent search, Patent searching, Patent searcher(s), Patent research, Chemical patent, patent analysis or chemical patent analysis
Conducting a Patent Search with the Professional Edge

The first and most important step for conducting any search is for the professional to evaluate and fully understand the invention to be searched or the claims of an issued patent or published patent application that are to be evaluated with regards to their scope and nature of protection. Only then is it possible for the professional searcher to develop his field of search for a comprehensive search.

The field of search Is based upon the U.S. Classification, and possibly, the International Patent Classification, as applied to both United States and foreign patents. It is then important for the professional to determine which of many available search tools should be used to review the patents in the defined field of search. There are so many variables that will contribute to the amount of time required as well as the costs associated with the databases selected. For example, some databases enable a professional searcher to utilize special codes to identify particular compounds or chemical processes as well as other search strategies that may not be available in no-cost databases. Such variables are much more likely to exist for searches involving the many chemical technologies rather than mechanical technologies. The choice of particular “tools” can include such highly specialized databases as World Patent Index, Chemical Abstracts, Food Science and Technology Abstracts, Coatings Abstracts, RAPRA, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry Abstracts, etc.

Our many years of experience in conducting searches at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the use of a multitude of search tools for over twenty years, has enabled us to have an understanding ot the major differences in the many search tools now available as well as the strengths and weaknesses of these search tools which include many diverse databases. Once we have determined which search tools are to be employed in a particular search, we must then determine the appropriate search strategy for each tool. It may be possible to combine some tools into a single search, but some databases require unique codes, e.g., CAS registry numbers for compounds, that can only be used in a limited number of databases. These understandings, from many years of experience, coupled with an understanding of the costs associated with using the various search tools or databases, enables us to conduct comprehensive and detailed searches at reasonable costs and achieving the desired results that our clients desire and need.

Forwarding Your Search Request for the Professional Edge

We will be most happy to review your invention disclosure or other documentation
and discuss with you the various search options and strategies, including  costs for conducting any such search. Kindly forward your disclosure by mail, overnight courier or for further instructions, see Contact Us page. You can be assured of our prompt and personal attention  to your needs,