An effective patentability/novelty search helps to determine whether your invention fulfills the statutory requirements of novelty, non-obviousness and utility. This helps in ensuring the uniqueness of your invention and to proceed into the prosecution stage with confidence.
A timely conducted patentability/novelty search offers considerable advantages by saving your time, effort and prosecution cost. It also increases the probability of getting the patent granted as knowledge about the potential prior-arts helps during the prosecution of the patent application.
Moreover, it helps in constructing the scope of claims depending on the closest prior art. It can lead to better, broader claims, improve litigation strength, determine the competitiveness of your invention, and allow you to use your R&D resources more efficiently.
While conducting a patentability search, the focus is to uncover potential prior-art references that disclose the novel feature of your invention. The prior-art search is comprehensive and covers published patent applications and issued patents in national and foreign patent offices; and non-patent literature including but not limited to journal articles, scientific reports, magazines, blogs, and forums.
The deliverable report includes relevant prior-art in a document with highlighted excerpts from the identified patent and non-patent literature references. Unless exclusively instructed, the general practice is to provide fewer references with high relevancy rather than crowd the report with nonessentials. The search report with best results is delivered in less time without compromising on quality, thus passing on the cost advantage to you.