Bio IPS - Types of Searches

Types of Searches Most Frequently Requested:

Serach Type
Puprose
Coverage
Comments

State-of-the-Art

Provides an overview of a technology area.

Patents and non-patent literature. Not exhaustive.

Gives a broad picture to help guide research.

Patentability

(a.k.a. Novelty Search, Prior Art Search, Pre-examination Search)

Intended to provide a general overview of the art for a particular invention, conducted prior to filing a patent application to assess the novelty of an invention.

Patents and non-patent literature. Multiple data sources.

Narrower in scope than State-of-Art. Recommended before writing patent application.

Invalidity, Opposition

Identify prior art which may impact the claims of a specific patent.

Patents and non-patent literature. Employ creative strategies to elucidate previously undiscovered art before filing date of patent.

Helps remove blocking patents by anticipating claims of an invention. Establishes solidity of patent portfolio, e.g. for licensing or company acquisition. We have resources to search and carefully examine documents from specific classes and sub-classes, including images. We also will employ resources to conduct research at the U. S. Patent Office public search room if necessary.

Infringement, Freedom-to-Operate, Domination

(a.k.a. Right to Make Search, Clearance Search, Right to Use Search, Justification Search)

Are used to determine if any unexpired patents would bar the manufacture, use, or sale of a specific product, process or service.

Covers patents only and which are still in force. Include both narrow and broad concepts.

Often country specific. Analysis of claims. Identify patents or applications which may cover a proposed product or process. We have resources to search and carefully examine documents from specific classes and sub-classes, including images. We also will employ resources to conduct research at the U. S. Patent Office public search room if necessary.

Chemical Structure Searches

(e.g., Organic Chemistry)

Structure searching is accomplished on the STN Chemical Abstracts Registry File. Searching structures online involves building and saving the graphic structure, to discover exact matches or similar molecules.

Patents and/or non-patent literature.

We also search the Class/Subclass Classification System of the USPTIO. We have resources to search and carefully examine documents from specific classes and sub-classes, including images. We also will employ resources to conduct research at the U. S. Patent Office public search room if necessary.

Property Data of a Chemical Compound

If a chemical compound is provided this search will supply information on the physical properties (such as melting point, vapor pressure, optical rotation, etc…) associated with this material. Conversely, if a property value or range is provided the chemical compounds that share that property can be discovered.

Patents and/or non-patent literature.

We also search the Class/Subclass Classification System of the USPTIO. We have resources to search and carefully examine documents from specific classes and sub-classes, including images. We also will employ resources to conduct research at the U. S. Patent Office public search room if necessary.

Nucleotide Sequence Searches

This search involves a variety of database tools to search for exact nucleic acid sequences, or for levels of homology with given sequences. We use STN and other databases.

Patents and/or non-patent literature.

We use exhaustive algorithm (Smith and Waterman algorithm), which is recognized as the most sensitive sequence comparison method available. In addition, we utilize a heuristic algorithm (Blast and Fasta).

Licensing Searches

The objective is to locate companies who will take a license to a client's IP either under duress or under the belief the technology will be a valuable addition to their own.

Patents only.

 

Competitive Technical Intelligence Searches

Generate graphic representations of patent data in the PatentLab utility.

Patents and/or non-patent literature.

 

Patent Watch

Monitor new patent activity or status changes to existing patents.

Patents only.

Updates at regular intervals or rapid-alerting when activity occurs.

Technology Update

Monitor latest technology developments by subject.

Patents and/or non-patent literature.

Regular updates, weekly, monthly or other chosen frequency.

Inventor, Author or Assignee

Identify references to a particular inventor, author, assignee or affiliate.

Patents and/or non-patent literature.

A quick turnaround on these types of searches can normally be accommodated.

Legal Status

Determine whether a patent is in force, abandoned, etc.

Specialist legal status online databases (e.g. ‘INPADOC’) and/or patent office registers.

A quick turnaround on these types of searches can normally be accommodated.

Patent Family

(Patent Family/ Status/ Assignee Searches

Identify the first or ‘basic’ patent and subsequent ones claiming the same priority.

Patent databases such as ‘World Patents Index’, ‘INPADOC’ and ‘Chemical Abstracts’ as well as IFCLS.

It is intended to discover the equivalents of a patent internationally (that is the patent family) and to review the status of these patents within the patent family.

Cited or Citing References

Identify references.

Patent databases such as ‘World Patents Index’, ‘INPADOC’ and ‘Chemical Abstracts’ as well as IFCLS.

An alternative method useful in identifying additional state-of-the-art or invalidating prior art.

Collections

Collect prior art in a particular area of technology.

Patents only. Often conducted within selected patent classifications.

Useful for directing research or identifying gaps for patenting strategies.

Patent Map

Show patent landscape to uncover trends, gaps or overlap in patent coverage and links between patents.

Patents only.

Useful for directing research or identifying gaps for patenting strategies.

Scientific Business

Identify financial, organizational, statistical, commercial and other information for technology based organizations.

Business, news and other sources.

Supply of raw data and/or overall analysis.

Regulatory Data of a Chemical Compound

If a chemical compound name or chemical structure is provided this search will identify if it is a controlled substance or is listed on any regulated compound lists. Regulatory lists searched include TSCA (USA), EINECS (Europe), ENCS (Japan) and DSL (Canada) among others.

 

 

Requests can be made by any of the following methods:

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     Bio Intellectual Property Services
     (Bio IPS) LLC
     8509 Kernon Ct.
     Lorton, VA 22079, USA