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 and also having support from the bookkeeping for franchises to manage the finances effectively for completion of this process. 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