September 1998

Management Guidelines

Do you really need a patent search?

Carrying out the process can be beneficial, or a waste of time and money

Harrington, C. L., Curtis L. Harrington & Associates

This article's title question is one I always ask potential patent clients who inquire about a search. The answer lies in answers to several other questions. Patentability search. First, there are three types of patent-related searches. A patentability search is for seeking out and evaluating references to see if their teaching would prevent an applicant from receiving a patent. These searches are typically brief, performed for under $1,000.00 , which includes the attorney opinion. But what is their value? The total body of information that can prevent a patent from being issued, or invalidate an issued patent, includes all of the publications in the world, going completely

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