What is a patentability search (novelty search)?

Why do a patentability search? Before investing in an expensive utility patent application, a patentability search can address the question of whether or not your invention/idea/concept/product is patentable. Notice that I did not say that such a novelty search would “answer” the patentability question since no one can guarantee what a patent examiner would do. […]

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

What are different types of patent searches? A patent search can mean different things. So when you’re talking to a patent attorney about a search, you need to be clear about what you are looking for. There are 3 main types of patent searches: patentability search (aka novelty search); freedom-to-operate (FTO) search (aka right-to-use or […]

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