Searching the world’s IP by class, code, keyword, structure, sequence, image and interview.
The documentation provided by our services can assist in all aspects of the identification, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
We are distinguished by our combination of:
The company recently celebrated its 30th anniversary year, and some of our most important clients have been with us since the beginnings of the company. We are sure that focussing on clients' needs has played a significant part in reaching this anniversary. It is seeing everything from the client's viewpoint that drives our attention to detail and maintenance of rigorous standards. Please consult our testimonials page for the feedback of a number of these valued customers.
Over half of our analysts are postgraduates in a science or engineering discipline. All have passed through our demanding interview process.
Our experienced supervisory staff provide the essential on-the-job training. Analysts also take courses from the WIPO Academy.
We provide searches and reports that meet the clients' exact needs.
Our Pre-filing Budget Searches play a significant role in drafting. A leading firm of patent attorneys has said that the results of our budget novelty searches always play a significant role in their drafting of patent applications.
Each enquiry receives the personal attention and supervision of the directors, Victor Green and David Clarke, or the Principal Patent Analysts, Milan Bhattacharyya, Davinia Collyer and Alessio Brizzi, as regards choice of strategy, execution of the search, quality control, and the presentation of results.
We provide reports including freedom to operate (FTO) searches, so compared with companies that just provide novelty searches, we are used to working in a meticulous and thorough way to meet the high standards of precision required for FTO.
We are imaginative, bringing lateral thinking to all our problem solving, and deliver results for even the most difficult searches. Read our stories.
We are also happy to take enquiries beyond the confines of the library or the internet, for example interviewing experts on head-up displays or visiting design museums to inspect lace patterns. In one notable case we were required to find date-marked operating manuals for a machine imported into the United Kingdom 20 years previously. Although the importers had destroyed their records, we were able to contact virtually all early purchasers of the equipment, determine the fate of their manuals, and locate and interview five witnesses whose evidence was crucial to a successful outcome for our client.
In-house language skills include French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish.
To some extent we are also able to input the words equivalent to non-Latin text as the keywords in our search. For example in searching the keyword "inhaler", we can search the original fulltext non-Latin documents in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea using: 吸入器 , 吸入器 and 흡입기.
We can help you whether you are:
There are many situations where it is legally advisable or commercially useful to search through existing patents and patent applications, registered designs or technical literature. Our bespoke reports can aid in all aspects of the identification, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.