Knowledge and being able to apply it in a practical manner gives enterprises a competitive advantage in modern-day business, and patent research can help to obtain it. It is an important element of businesses’ industrial property management strategy and can be used to both measure the commercial potential of business ventures as well as to monitor competitors’ activities. It is mainly used for research and development work carried out by research institutes and centres and in innovative companies, but is also applied in transactional processes.
Patent research is a comprehensive and modern tool that can be used to:
- identify new research and development areas
- search for market niches
- assess the patentability of an invention
- conduct the infringement clearance process for an invention
- minimize the risk of patent refusal by the Patent Office
- assess the commercial potential of an invention
- construct business strategies
- monitor competitors’ activities
JWP’s patent experts will select appropriate research tools depending on the purpose of the patent research. By using commercial databases we are able to develop comprehensive search strategies. The result of the research and its final conclusions depend on the optimal selection of initial parameters that are entered into the databases. Thanks to their extensive technical and legal knowledge, our experts at JWP Patent Attorneys provide our clients with expert analyses, giving inventors a springboard for the development and commercialization of their idea.
- state-of-the-art research using commercial databases
- patentability testing, carried out in order to assess the chance of obtaining a patent for an invention
- infringement clearance search, carried out to ensure that the sale of a product or applying a technology on an industrial scale will not infringe someone else’s exclusive rights or pose a risk of such an accusation
- probing into the legal status of patents in order to verify the applicability of law in a given territory
- examining the scope of protection offered by the patent granted, which determines which features of an invention are covered by the patent