SciTech Patent Art works closely with many IP analysts and managers in corporates as well as law firms. We conduct patentability searches, invalidation searches, freedom-to-operate searches, patent prosecution and prosecution tracking services. Since the searches conducted have legal implications, the rigor expected by these clients is high. To match the client expectations, SPA’s analysts go through extensive search training in multiple database usage, keyword identification, class-code identification, and search strategy development. In a typical year, SPA analysts conduct more than 1,000 highly targeted searches for patent professionals.
Many R&D and technology development clients, before embarking on a new development program, be it a new technology, product or service, would like to understand what has been done already and what problems still remain to be solved. This is where a state-of-the-art / landscape search helps. We look at both patents and scientific publications to provide a broad picture of the technology's evolutionary background, types of problems that have been solved, approaches used, and issues with a technology that have still not been resolved.
An FTO / Right-to-use / Infringement study is conducted for our clients before they launch a new product / service in a new market. It could also be used to understand if a competitor's product / service is infringing your own IP. Such studies are business critical since they directly impact the IP strategy adopted. Hence a high level of skill is required from the search service provider. SciTech Patent Art's scientists are experts in FTO/infringement studies. We thoroughly analyze claims, compare the product / service in question against the claims and provide our assessment. Our reports are typically accompanied by visuals that help you understand the rationale for our assessment. During the whole analysis stage, we work closely with you to ensure that we understand your needs.
Patent alerts are used to keep a watch on the landscape – how competitors, customers and other peripheral players are adopting their technologies to meet market needs. SciTech Patent Art has been providing patent alerts for over a decade to various global clients. We are closely familiar with various patent databases and patent office websites where we search on a periodic basis, as often as you need, to identify art that is relevant to you. Our familiarity with databases is such that we know the idiosyncrasies of the various databases. Our scientists are well trained to catch such misses.
Before embarking on the development of an IP strategy, it is important to understand the legal status of your and your competitors' patent portfolio. SciTech Patent Art has access to this information globally. Our scientists are well versed in accessing this information not only from global databases but also various country patent offices. We can pull prosecution histories, access litigation files in the local courts, and so on using our network of global service providers. SciTech Patent Art has built close relationships over a decade with service providers who reside in geographies such as Russia, China, Brazil, India, Turkey, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Product design is gaining increasing importance in the world today – corporations are beginning to realize that designs are as important as the inherent product technology. Design patents are a core component of an IP portfolio today. Protecting and monitoring the design landscape is hence a critical business function today. SciTech Patent Art design search specialists are well-trained in design searching, specifically for key differentiating features of a design, in various global databases. The search results are presented in a client-friendly format, which allows the client to get a feel for the landscape rapidly and helps the client in formulating a strategy to protect / enforce their design idea. Try this service and you will understand what we are talking about.
The purpose of a validity or an invalidity / opposition search is to understand the strength of a patent, i.e., whether or not the patent is defendable in a court if litigation arises. Such a search is done for several reasons – to understand the strength of a patent that you are planning to acquire, to understand if a patent standing in your way is really defensible, to protect your own position in case someone has accused you of infringement, and so on. Doing a validity search would give you strategic advantage over competition. SciTech Patent Art's scientists are experts in validity searches. We bring both technical expertise and knowledge of databases / tools available to your project and help you find a way out of some of the toughest IP issues. SciTech Patent Art has received commendations from many clients over the years for finding precise prior art. SciTech Patent Art scientists have also received accolades in global search competitions for their search skills.
Searching non-patent literature is a complex and daunting task because the amount of information is literally infinite. SciTech Patent Art has specific expertise in searching non-patent literature coming from an experience in executing many complex searches over a decade. Our scientists are trained at looking at various sources – journals, trade publications, in-country libraries through our global network of partners, local newspapers, and many other such sources that are not widely known. SciTech Patent Art scientists are trained to call and conduct primary interviews with industry experts to identify potential references of interest, where necessary.
Competitive monitoring is a core service offered by SciTech Patent Art to its clients who are interested in knowing the latest technological developments of competitors, new product launches, technical collaboration announcements, joint venture partnerships, and so on.
SPA’s reports provide succinct summaries with detailed categorized information to bring out insights without overloading the clients with data. SPA’s monitoring services source data from scientific literature, trade journals, marketing literature news articles, patents, and annual reports. Some clients receive their reports online through our client interactive portal.
Any invention is patentable only if it is novel and non-obvious. SciTech Patent Art has been conducting patentability searches for both independent inventors and large corporations for over a decade and has built unique expertise in assessing the patentability of an invention. We look at both patent and other publication literature before providing our assessment in a cost effective and timely manner.
Evidence of use analysis / Patent – Product matching is frequently conducted to detect potential infringements or to identify potential licensing opportunities. SPA analysts have conducted many studies where they have obtained key patents, dissected them into various claim elements and then identified specific products in the patent that use various aspects of the claim elements. The studies are presented in a concise, user-friendly manner so that clients can quickly understand the findings and make a decision in further steps.