Search services for patent applications, granted patents and non-patent literature (e.g. scientific papers) are provided by some patent offices and private search organisations. The search strategy for an opposition proceeding and nullity action differs significantly from a search for a freedom to operate analysis.

It is possible to search prior art before filing a patent application. However, it is not appropriate to carry out a complex search, since costs for an in depth search can sum up to the costs of a patent application.

A search for existing IP rights can be appropriate for investors when planning mergers and acquisitions. Thereby, patents, utility models, trademarks and design patents of the company to be acquired and foreign IP rights of competitors can be determined.

We can support you by defining an appropriate search strategy, selecting a search organization and evaluating the search result.