What is a Patent Search?
An important step before filing a patent application is to conduct a patent search. Just as companies need to do due diligence before taking on any business venture, likewise patent owners need to do patent due diligence before filing a patent application. A patent search is a search conducted in patent databases as well as in the literature available, to check whether any invention similar to the invention in respect of which patent is to be obtained, already exists. In other words, it evaluates inventor’s chances of getting a patent grant. Therefore, instead of going forth with the filing, if one conducts the patentability search, one can get a clear idea about the patentability of the invention; whether the application should be filed and the strengths and weakness of his invention.
Since patenting is an expensive procedure, it is prudent to conduct a patentability search before filing an application. Although there is an additional expense associated to have a patent search performed, it can potentially save the inventor’s money down the road.
The following is the process of patent search:
Step 1: Visit the official website https://ipindiaservices.gov.in/PublicSearch/
Step 2: Enter from date and to date
Step 3: Enter title and/or;
Step 4: Enter Abstract and/or;
Step 5: Enter Complete Specification and/or;
Step 6: Enter Application Number and/or;
Step 7: Enter Patent Number and/or;
Step 8: Enter Applicant Name and/or;
Step 9: Enter Patent Number and/or;
Step 10: Enter Inventor Name and/or;
Step 11: Enter Inventor Country and/or;
Step 12: Enter Inventor Address and/or;
Step 13: Enter Filing Office and/or;
Step 14: Enter International Patent Classification and/or;
Step 15: Enter P.C.T Application Number and/or;
Step 16: Enter P.C.T Publication Number.
The following are various types of patent search:
State of the Art Searches
Patentability or Validity searches
Technological Activity Searches
Patent Family Searches
Legal Status Searches
• Inventive Step; and
• Industrial Applicability