Knock-out search

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Are you planning to file a patent application? How do you know if there are not any similar patents somewhere in the world or previous disclosures that may compromise your project?

When to do a knock-out search ?

A prior art search is highly recommended before drafting the patent application in order to know the environment of publications around the invention.

What strategy to adopt for the research ?

YesMyPatent’s search strategy will be tailored according to the minimum technical characteristics that constitute your invention and will be built on one or more of the following search criteria:

Key-words and synonyms in french and in english

Names of inventors/depositors/authors in the field

Chemical structures, genomic or protein sequences

Trade names, INN, RN

Knock-out search allows :

– To identify troublesome prior art on inventions,

– To avoid unnecessary expenses in the drafting and filing of a patent application,

– Adapt your project and R&D.

It also allows to highlight patents granted on the same invention, and to avoid putting a counterfeit on the market without knowing it!  

Do the results of a knock-out research guarantee the patentability of an invention?


While prior art searches can identify the most obvious risks, they do not necessarily provide exhaustive information on prior disclosures such as:

– the time it takes for patent applications to become available to the public after they are filed,

– delay in updating databases,

– oral communications,

– prior uses and internet disclosures not tracked,

– incomplete/inaccessible registers for some countries…

that may compromise the novelty of your invention.

Furthermore, patentability will depend on various additional criteria such as non-excludability, industrial applicability, sufficiency of description (see our “Patent application” page). This is why a prior art search does not give an absolute guarantee of the patentability of an invention.  

It should be noted that a knock-out search does not necessarily identify the disclosures that you yourself would have made about the invention, without a confidentiality agreement.

You are the best person to know if you have disclosed your invention and in what form.