Whether or not you decide to file a patent application takes many factors into consideration such as time, cost, and filing strategy. Ensuring you have all the information at your fingertips is of paramount importance in making a filing decision. Proactively incorporating a pre-filing search into the decision process is a cost-effective way to increase the quality of patent applications and reduce overall prosecution costs.
A pre-filing search is designed to be a thumbs up/down, go/no-go tool used to help determine whether to proceed with a potential application. As one of the most important patent strategies for businesses, it:
- Is part of an invention review process
- Provides relevant information to the inventor or Patent Review Committee information upon which to base decisions
- Limits unintentional internal bias with an independent search related to the inventive concepts
Author: Brad Buehler