The International Patent & Design Search Company

Our Services

We provide a variety of specialist searches to in-house and private practice patent attorneys, universities, technology companies and SME’s covering most areas of technology and welcome the opportunity to tailor our services to meet specific client needs.

Our Search Services Provide

Global coverage

Our searches provide global coverage and are not restricted to regional zones ensuring our clients receive a cost-effective solution for their searches.

Use of multiple databases

We do not restrict ourselves to one or two databases, but utilise a large number (in addition to specialist subject specific databases) as appropriate including:

  • Patbase
  • Questel Patent Portal
  • Total patent
  • Derwent Innovation
  • Patent Abstracts of Japan
  • Espacenet
  • NCBI
  • ProQuest Dialog research journals
  • British Library research
  • Questel Design Finder


By combining our powerful suite of patent databases with our technical and searching expertise you will be assured of patent search reports that are thorough, accurate and based upon the best patent and non patent literature available in the World. Our reports are designed to save you valuable review time.

Our Search Services Include

Patentability / Novelty / Prior Art

This search helps to identify if your invention is new and inventive by searching patent and/or non-patent literature published before your invention. This provides information to help determine the viability of your invention thus giving you an informed decision on you whether should invest in filing a patent application.

Infringement / Freedom to Operate / Clearance

Anyone wishing to manufacture, import/export and/or sell products will need to consider whether they are free to operate. This search helps to identify the risk of your invention infringing an existing patent in the relevant country/countries and therefore the risk of litigation.

Invalidity / Patent Busting / Patent Strength analysis

If you are accused of infringement or worried about an existing patent, this assessment will help identify if that patent is valid. Thus, providing additional information in support of a defence. This search can also be used to test the strength of your own patent prior to going to market or enforcing it.

It can also be used to assess the value of a patent you wish to purchase.

State of the Art / Collection

This is a broad search collecting together patents relating to how competitors have tried to solve a particular problem over a time period. It categorizes the patents and gives the full details of them. This is useful in the early stages of research to identify areas lacking in development or those that have been heavily developed. Thus helping to avoid the problem of wasting funds on research (e.g. reinventing the wheel), allowing research to be applied in those areas that could prove most productive.

Patent Landscaping / Mapping

Patent landscape/mapping searches allow clients to gain an overview of competitors patents and the countries they cover. It can also be used to analyse a technology area (e.g. on a contour map) to identify concentrated areas of patents and gaps in patents (this type of search is often combined with a state of the art search which gives the details in the patents and categorizes them). Other analysis includes identifying trends and companies/inventors active in particular areas (e.g. identifying when a competitor moves into a new area of technology).

Patent Monitoring

This search allows you to keep track of your competitors’ patent applications. This can be carried out on a regular basis customised to your requirements.

Company Investigation

If you would like to find out if a product on sale is protected by a patent, this search will help to identify who may have filed a patent on it.

Subject areas covered

At Patent Seekers we are experts in providing searches in the following subject matter: