Why You Must Conduct A Quick Patentability Search On Your Own

A patentability search is conducted to identify whether the invention is novel or not. It requires prior-arts to be identified so that they are mapped against the invention to determine whether similar invention is available in the public domain. Such a search can be comprehensive or quick in nature. While a comprehensive search is conducted by an experienced patent searching expert with relevant domain knowledge, a quick patentability search can be performed by anyone and is conducted before a comprehensive search in order to solidify the ground for it. Therefore, this article lists the importance of conducting a quick patentability search and approaches to make the best use of it.

Why Quick Patentability Search?

This type of search offers some benefits right before starting with a comprehensive search. Quick search enables one to understand the existing interest in the domain and related references that may help in comprehending features that are already available in the public arena. Thus, the quick search assists the stakeholders to:

Generally, patents contain technologies that are not yet available in the market. They can reveal not only promising prior-art but also help in exploring the respective technology domain. It helps the decision-makers to gain perspective and familiarity with what already exists in the respective technology area. This knowledge may help stakeholders to prepare a tentative patent draft and patent strategy in a timely manner.

How to Make the Best Use of DIY Quick Patentability Searches

1. Use AI tools: One of the quickest ways of conducting the patentability search is to use AI tools available in the market. AI tools rely on deep learning, neural network, and natural language processing to create patent search strategies and analyze the huge volume of information automatically. While using AI tools, one can set the number of hits to be displayed i.e., top 10 results, top 100 results, and so on. These tools might yield promising prior arts. However, a study suggests that none of the available AI tools can support every aspect of the prior-art search process. The experimental results for precision vary between 30% and 50%, which means that the first 10 search results contain 3-5 relevant documents. Therefore, one can seek assistance from patentability search firms that can further refine the results through manual intervention and expertise. Some of the promising AI tools available in the market for patentability search are:

  • Amplified AI
  • LivePAT
  • Ambercite
  • Patentfield

2. Free Database: A quick traditional search or manual patentability search can be conducted on the available patent search databases to explore other inventions in the respective technical domain. Here, the search strings need to be prepared by the user on the database of their choice. Some of the promising databases available for patent searching are:

  • Espacenet
  • Google Patents
  • Lens.org
  • WIPO Patentscope
  • Patent search option available on the website of the respective patent office

For Non-Patent Literature Searching:

  • Google Scholar
  • Science Direct
  • IEEE Xplore
  • ResearchGate
  • YouTube
  • E-Commerce Websites

Conclusion

With quick patentability search, one can gain insightful perspective, such as the type of problems and their solutions proposed in the respective/overlapping technology domain. This helps in preparing the scope of the invention (the broadest possible claims reap maximum benefits). However, to ensure the comprehensiveness of the search, it is always recommended to seek professional search services to avoid any setbacks during the patent prosecution phase.

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-Rajat Gulati, Rohit Kumar (Engineering Searching) and the Editorial Team

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