Protecting your idea — your intellectual property — can be a long and confusing process as you determine whether your idea really is new and unclaimed. A prior art search can save time and frustration, whether you are considering a patent or determining if you have freedom to operate, before you or your company take a big step into new territory.
For PSG clients, our initial prior art search will usually focuses on finding the most relevant patents and patent applications. Our experienced researchers drill down into premium world-wide resources at a much deeper level than any novice or most other researchers.
We have the ability to access legal filings plus other sources including news publications and premium technical paper resources to move well beyond patent-related documents as needed by clients.
It is not uncommon for our initial search to reveal dozens of potential roadblocks which provide valuable context as we help clients determine their best business direction. Fortunately, many roadblocks can often be avoided with some light redirection.
In the worst case, the roadblocks can be significant. While this can be sad, clients may still consider licensing opportunities or stop altogether saving time and money better allocated to their next great idea.