David S. Alavi, PhD
Registered Patent Agent
Prior to preparing a patent application,
it is often advisable to perform a novelty search of the prior art. I can
provide both PTO-based and Internet-based patent search services.
Key Benefits and Considerations
- If prior art is found which clearly renders
your invention unpatentable, you may elect not to pursue a patent, saving
the time and expense of preparing, filing, and prosecuting an application.
- The prior art found will assist in determining
the proper scope of your patent application.
- In some cases, however, a prior art search
may be unnecessary, or even undesirable.
- Minimal time required to "get your idea
across" to me
- PTO-based patent searching
- I routinely used a Virginia-based patent
search firm, National Patent
Services (NPS), to do patent novelty searches at the PTO search facilities
in Arlington, VA. Based on the search request I prepare, NPS consults an
Examiner to determine the patent classes and subclasses most closely related
to your invention, and then searches those class/subclasses manually. They
also perform a keyword search using the PTO on-site database. Typically,
the search results will comprise ten to fifteen patents, and I will make
recommendations based on my review of the patents found.
- Internet-based patent searching
- I can do limited searching of patents
using the USPTO patent database.
These searches are generally less desirable than a PTO-based search for two
reasons: (1) the databases only go back to the early to mid 1970s; and (2)
NPS searchers are better and more efficient than I am. If a search is desired, I strongly recommend using NPS.
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