What is a patentability search (novelty search)?

Why do a patentability search? The purpose of a patentability search is to find out if your invention may be patentable by searching relevant prior art. A patentability search does not consider infringement, so a patentable invention is not necessarily safe from infringement. If you’re concerned about infringement, consider a freedom-to-operate (FTO) search. The main questions answered […]

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What is a (novelty vs. validity vs. freedom-to-operate) patent search?

Different types of patent searches There are 3 main types of patent searches: patentability search (aka novelty search); freedom-to-operate (FTO) search (aka right-to-use or infringement search); and patent validity search. What is a patentability search? The main distinction between these patent searches relate to the difference between what is patentable vs. what infringes.  Also known as a novelty […]

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