A Patent Validity or Invalidity Searches are a thorough search for prior art which is conducted after patent issuance. This is done to validate or invalidate the enforceability of a patent’s claim. When we say Prior Art, we are talking about all of the information and documentation for an invention that has been disclosed to the public before a patent filing date. Both searches are conducted the exact same way but with different goals in mind. A Patent Validity Search is usually commissioned when there are plans for buying, selling, or licensing a patent to provide assurance that the patent is enforceable.
Drafting patent applications only for legal protection often isn’t enough in today’s IP practice. Once an invention proves profitable others will try to copy, improve or design around the invention. Analyzing how a competitor will try to copy or alter an invention, then drafting that in the claims to the potential scope of the core of the invention is a great way to optimize your patent counteract anyone building off of your invention and ensures better protection.
Each country has different grounds on which a patent can be invalidated due to prior art. Some of the ways a patent can be made invalid are when the invention reaches publication before the priority date of the application for the patent was filed, prior public use, sales of the invention, or prior public knowledge. Thorough prior art searches will then be conducted for each of these separate claims.
At Levin Consulting Group, we understand the importance of patent validity. When your patent is made invalid it could lead to a possible patent infringement lawsuit. Because of this, we take each precaution necessary when conducting Patent Validity Searches.
We will conduct exhaustive prior art searches with all of our available sources to ensure that you can feel confident that your patent is enforceable. We also offer a full suite of patenting services to our clients, including Patent Portfolio Management, Medical Device Patent, and Intellectual Property Rights Due Diligence (IPRDD).
While many believe that prior art searches are a quick and easy process, not taking a thorough approach could lead to large problems down the road. We are all about absolute vigilance at Levin Consulting Group with our main aim being a stress-free process when filing patent claims without any worry of infringing on prior art.