The patent search is an important step in the in the patenting process and is performed for various purposes ranging from assessing patentability of an invention to analysing risks in product launches. Indian Patent Office publishes patent information on a weekly basis (on Friday each week) and this is a public notification. While an exhaustive search of patent databases is reasonably a simple process still it requires a thorough understanding of the patent system.
Benefits of Patent Search
A patent search will estimate the scope of patent protection the patent office will grant to the invention and its likelihood of getting approved. Hence, it saves time and money.
If a prior work similar to the applied invention is found, the patent application can be drafted in a way to distinguish the invention from the existing work thereby improving the chances of obtaining a patent.
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