Prior art search
Evaluate the patentability of your invention or the solidity of a competitor’s patent via a prior art search
In order to be patented, an invention must be novel, involve an inventive step, and have industrial applicability. These are three essential criteria for the patentability of an invention.
Before filing any patent, it is therefore necessary to check these patentability characteristics in order to ensure that an invention does not already exist (novelty) and/or that it is not obvious with regards to other inventions already known in prior art (inventive step).
Likewise, before investing in a Research and Development program (R&D), it is useful to check that your project does not risk infringing on competitors’ patents.
In the event of infringement, it is also necessary to check the validity and the scope of the patent in question.
Databases are available free of charge in order to determine the state of prior art that can affect the novelty and the inventive step of a patent (Databases from INPI, from EPO-Espacenet, from WIPO-Patentscope). But the technical and legal analysis of the documents that you find requires the skills that we offer.