WORLDWIDE PATENT SEACH
Many ideas have been patented but never made it to market. After general market research on the internet a review of these ideas is always a great way to assess the field of your idea.
Before commencing with development, it is often wise to consider what others are doing in the same field before spending a lot of time and effort producing a design. Spend some time on the internet before spending a thing. The world’s best source of information about ideas are the worldwide patent application databases. Although it is not essential to conduct a Worldwide Patent Search before filing a patent application or developing your invention, it is often a good idea because:
It will help you later when you are developing your idea for a new product by showing you what others have already thought of;
It allows you to review commercial prospects and helps an informed decision about filing a patent application; and
It should help you achieve the broadest application and claims possible by showing you what parts of your idea may be new.
HOW INNOVATE HELPS WITH WORLDWIDE PATENT SEARCHES?
With subscriptions to commercial databases, Innovate can conduct a worldwide patent search and provide a detailed background review of similar patent documents, aiming to provide help in development as well as information about existing protection. There are various potential outcomes which is why we provide a consultation to establish the next best commercial step for you and your project. Although there are patent databases available online, these do not necessarily contain everything you need and can be very time-consuming to navigate. With a team of trained researchers, Innovate can help conduct a thorough search for your peace of mind.
If you wish to commission a worldwide patent search on your idea with Innovate Design the first stage is to complete the initial review by sending your idea to us – Online Idea Review
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RESULTS OF THE PATENT SEARCH
A patent search is not a YES or NO answer as to the patentability of the product: it is simply to establish the best way to proceed, giving you an idea of the field of your invention, who is in it, how many people are in it, what they have already thought of. There are several different outcomes and some scenarios are laid out below:
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE MY PRODUCT
this is the best possible result. Although you will never get an empty patent search as we look to provide development ideas, so there will always be relevant material, it may be that there genuinely is nothing like your idea. Any patent application will have to be worded to maximise the novelty.
THERE ARE SIMILAR PATENTS BUT MINE IS BETTER
if your product is a genuine improvement over an existing patent application and can claim that it improves on that product or significantly modifies it in some way then it may still be patentable. This will need reviewing and often design and development work can assist with this. The wording of the application must be carefully drafted
THERE ARE SIMILAR PATENTS BUT NOT IDENTICAL
in this scenario it may be that with some design and development work, to ensure that the product is not infringing on current patents, novel aspects or improved aspects become apparent and potentially patentable. In this situation, the wording of the patent is very important to ensure you are claiming something novel.
THERE IS AN IDENTICAL PATENT APPLICATION BUT IT HAS LAPSED
even if there is nothing you can claim as novel about your project but the patent application upon which you would be infringing has lapsed then it is still possible to produce and market your product. There may be other forms of protection that you could use.
THERE IS AN IDENTICAL PATENT APPLICATION CURRENTLY GRANTED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY
if there is nothing you can claim as novel and the application of concern is granted but not in the UK, this means you should still be able to produce and sell your product within the UK but not within the country in which the product is protected. You would also not be able to patent the idea. In this scenario you would need to be careful of product marketing on the internet in the event that this is accessible from a country in which the product is protected.
THERE IS AN IDENTICAL PATENT APPLICATION CURRENTLY GRANTED IN THE UK
unfortunately, if a British patent search shows an identical patent application granted in the UK, this is the only scenario in which forwarding the project is almost impossible. In this instance, you may need to rethink the project but we advise taking legal advice first.
With over 20 years of experience, innovate helps individuals determine whether their new product ideas and inventions could lead to commercial success.