Did you know that national patent offices require the passage of a difficult test to become registered to practice before them? “Practice” means to be legally able to file patent applications and respond to office actions; in other words, to become a patent advocate for an inventor. In fact, to even sit for the patent examination a person must have a technical university degree in engineering or the sciences. Patent Search Investigators uses only degreed engineers who are registered to practice before a national patent office to conducts its searches. Patent searches are best left to the professionals.
A United States patent has a term that lasts 20 years from the non-provisional filing date as long as the patent maintenance fees are paid along the way (or the patent is not disclaimed, has all of its claims cancelled in reexamination or by a federal court, or the term is extended). This 20 year period can be extended if certain delays were caused by the Patent Office during prosecution of the patent.
To conduct a patent owner search (also termed a patent assignee search), a patent search company, such as InventHelp, must be able to key in on the inventors and assignees listed on the front of the patents they find. The first and last name of each inventor are listed along with the city and country where they resided at the time the patent was applied for. As we mentioned, the first named inventor is listed at the very top of the patent. It is very beneficial for companies to search on key inventors in a particular technology area when conducting due diligence. Often a key inventor can unlock a door to a string of patents that are important in a particular area.
In order to conduct a proper patent search, a patent search services company has to be familiar with the nuances of the patents found. A patent’s cover page can often be confusing to those searching patents for the first time.
Patent searching is difficult. Sure, anyone can plug a few search terms into an online patent search engine and a group of patents will pop up. But it takes skill, craftsmanship, experience and a bit of artistry to locate the most relevant patents in a patent search, so it would be wise to hire a professional patent agency, such as InventHelp, to do the research for you. Why is this? Well, there a number of reasons that include different terms used for identical parts in different patents (you say “fitting”, I say “connector”, Bob calls it a “coupling”), the drawings of a patent are sometimes cryptic (they are not standard engineering drawings), and the most relevant patent may be in another country (patents in other countries are just as important in determining if a patent is patentable as in any other country).