A patentability search or novelty search conducted by Ensemble IP will help you to determine if your idea is new or non-obvious and ultimately patentable. Whether you need one patentability search or have an ongoing need, we’ll tailor a search approach that meets your unique needs and budget. We will investigate the patent and non-patent literature to shed light on the novelty of the invention.
Infringing on a patent – even when it’s done accidentally – can be a costly mistake. In most cases, companies that infringe on existing patents experience a serious setback in the marketplace, must pay heavy damages or licensing fees, or a combination of the above. A proper Freedom to Operate search provides peace of mind and reduces financial risk.
Any time an organization or an individual applies for a patent, the application is subjected to a patentability search. But, for practical reasons, searches completed by patent office examiners are simply not exhaustive. As a result, patents may be granted despite the existence of prior art that, if found, can be used to deem the patent invalid.
An effective state-of-the-art search is designed to give a broad picture, identifying general and background patent art for a particular technology. Non-patent technical literature is often included to provide a view of recent breakthroughs in the art. This search helps your organization gain understanding about patenting activities in new areas as your company or client devises an IP strategy.