Prior Art Search
General research in the field embracing the subject of the search enabling to determine groups of solutions protected within this field, in particular for conducting subsequent Patentability Search or Clearance Search
Prior Art and Patentability Search
Aims in determining whether the subject of the search is patentable and may by the subject of a patent (or utility model) application.It is especially recommended before filing a patent application:
- in case the results are positive the search enables for distinguishing the subject from the prior art solutions and thus to define the broadest possible scope of patent protection, as well as to foresee the future of the patent prosecution;
- in case the results are negative the search enables for avoiding high costs of patent prosecutions that might not succeed in patent protection.
Clearance Search (freedom to operate)
Aims in determining whether the subject of the search would violate an issued patent or pending application for which the patent may be granted at the territory of the search.
state of art
Everything made available to the public by means of a written or oral description, by use, or in any other way, before the date of filing of the European patent application.