Variety of Patent Searches and Reports

In some cases the USPTO is requiring inventors to classify their own application before it can be accepted. There are specific rules of classification that must be followed in order to have an accurate and complete classification. As can be seen from the Patent Process, this can, and often is, a difficult task that requires an expert to perform as recommended in how to get a patent with InventHelp article.

Patentability/Novelty Search

The Patentability or Novelty search is the most common type of patent search and is most often done when an inventor is interested in patenting an invention.

Validity Search

A Validity search is used to establish or abolish the legality of an issued patent for an infringement defense, or it can be used to confirm the legality of a patent prior to the assignment or licensing of the invention to another.

State of the Art Search

A State-of-the-Art search provides an overview of a technology area, also known as “the art.” Representative patents are selected that give a good overview so that it allows the user to see what is currently being developed in a given technology.

Accelerated Examination/Examination Support Search

Under certain conditions an applicant may qualify for the accelerated examination program. Search report meets all the pre-examination search, requirements, including the USPC and IPC classifications searched, as well as the search strategy and databases employed in searching patent and non-patent literature.

Collection Search

The collection search is similar to the state-of-the-art search except that it examines each and every patent in a given technology. It goes beyond the state-of-the-art search in that a detailed literature search is performed in addition to issued patents.

Literature Search

Non-patent literature, particularly technical journals, can stand as prior art in the same manner as issued patents and PGPUBs. This search examines major databases of the technical literature and is included in some of the other searches.

Expanded Foreign Art Search

Each nation has its own patent system, so that what may be patentable in the United States may not be patentable in Europe or Japan. Search for foreign patents and publications classified within the International Patent Classification (IPC) in addition to the foreign patents available through the USPTO and online database resources. Read more from – how to patent an idea with InventHelp.