Patent search is searching the patent in a patent database to decide if there is any patent application similar to an invention that is to be patent in future. The main aim of doing patent search is to improve the chances of obtaining a patent registration or to safeguard or protect your new invention from any previously registered patent.
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Importance Of Patent Search
Before filing a patent application in order to get patent registration, a patent search helps with the following objectives –
- Deciding the probability of having a patent granted to a proposed invention.
- Deciding the claims to be filed in the patent application
- Deciding the freedom to operate
- Deciding whether a granted patent can be cancelled or become null and void.
- To know about the similar inventions done before and their status.
How To Do a Patent Search
There is no fee or no cost involved in doing a patent search in India and you can search any patent from the patent database of India available on website – http://ipindiaservices.gov.in/publicsearch
According to the status of a patent application, a patent search can be done under two types of publications – Published or granted. User needs to choose the desired publication type by clicking on the checkbox.
When user click on the checkbox, many categories are displayed and they are as follows –
Each category has a drop down menu which the user can access to change the option. Each category has a search box next to it in which user can enter the keyword of the patent which he wants to search or view. An applicant can easily search precise patents by entering a query in more than one box. When you enter all the required keywords in the respective boxes, user has to clear the captcha too in order to get the final result.
After entering the keywords, the patent results will be displayed on screen. You can choose the patent which you want to view and click on the same to open the document. The document opens with the application number, application date, title & status. User will get all the details about the patent by clicking on the application number, application date, title & status.
By patent search, user can easily find the following information about the patent –
- Invention title
- Publication type
- Publication date
- Publication number
- Application filing date
- Application number
- Priority date
- Priority number
- Priority country
- Field of invention
- Applicant name, address, country, nationality
- Inventor name, address, country, nationality
Below this, you will view the abstract and a complete specification of the patent. User can easily see the patent applicant details by selecting any column. When user selects the application number, he can easily view details like invention title, publication number, date, type etc.
Separate columns are selected by the user to know the inventors and the applicants name, address, nationality and country.
Below this, Abstract column contains summary of the patent application which user can view anytime. Under this, complete specification gives details about the specification of the user (if anything mentioned by the user) At the end, you will get the option to view the application status. You can also view the application details by clicking on the application status.
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