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A patent is a document that grants you the exclusive rights to sell or use your invention for a limited period of time. In order to ensure that your product remains unique and prevents others from using your ideas, you may need to file for a patent. To do this, you must conduct a thorough search for relevant patents. A patent search is the process of locating existing patents relating to particular subject matter. The scope of such searches can be broad or narrow, depending on your needs and the type of patent being sought. There are numerous resources available when searching for patents, including online databases, printed indexes and physical libraries specialised in patents and inventions. This article will explain what a patent number is, how they are indexed, their storage location and more…
What is a Patent Number?
A patent number or document number is a unique identifier for each patent. All patents are given a number once they have been published. As you may have guessed, this number will be essential when conducting a patent search. You can find the patent number in a patent’s title page, granted date, abstract, or near the end of the description. Patent numbers are also commonly abbreviated to PN (e.g. PN/US2019/01). There are many online resources where you can find a specific patent number search based on the patent number and document title that you have.
Why is a Patent Search Important?
A patent search is necessary to determine whether or not the idea you want to use is unique and has not been patented by someone else. If someone else has patented your idea, you may face legal issues if you choose to proceed with your business idea. If you are attempting to take legal action against someone for infringing your patent, the court will require sufficient evidence that your patent has not been infringed. This evidence is often presented in the form of a search of the relevant patent databases. The results of this search will confirm if your patent has been infringed or not.
How to Perform a Patent Search?
A successful patent search actively looks for patents that are similar to your idea. The first step is to properly define the relevant fields of search. This typically includes the title of your invention and any key features. You may also consider including a date range if you are searching for an older patent or have a specific date in mind. A typical patent search consists of two parts: An online search of patent databases and a visit to a physical patent library. Both of these search methods will be discussed in more detail below.
Printed Indexes for Patent Searches
Patent indexes are useful printed resources that allow you to search for patents by their “title/inventor”. The indexes are usually organised alphabetically and include the title, patent number, class, filing date and other information related to patents. For example, the “Official Gazette” is an index that allows you to search for patents by title/inventor. This document can be found at your nearest public patent office (e.g. USPTO). There are also other printed indexes you can search for patents. For example, the “Patents Quarterly” allows you to search by title/inventor. This document can be found at the Library of Congress.
Electronic Databases for Patent Searres
If you’re conducting a broad patent search, online databases are the most efficient and effective methods. These databases allow you to search for patents based on the title, inventor’s name, and/or the patent number. This makes them ideal for patent searches. For example, the following are some of the most common databases you can use to conduct a patent search:
A patent search is an essential aspect of the patent filing process. Conducting a thorough search will enable you to identify any relevant patents that may affect your business. This information will allow you to file for a patent with confidence, knowing that it is unique and will prevent others from stealing your ideas. Why perform a patent search? When conducting a patent search, you will be able to identify if there are patents that affect your business. This will allow you to make changes to your product to ensure it is unique. Additionally, performing a patent search will allow you to determine if your product is worth pursuing. If there are no patents related to your product, you may be able to patent it without any issues.