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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.