Why should I carry out a Patentability Search?
For a patent to be successfully granted, it must disclose a new invention. A patentability search (also known as a novelty or pre-filing search) aims to uncover documents in the patent and non-patent literature that are similar or identical to the proposed invention and may prevent your patent application from being granted. These searches are conducted once an invention for a product has been developed, but before applying for your patent. It is run without date and territory limits (i.e. coverage is worldwide) and covers both patent and non-patent literature in order to ascertain whether the proposed novel and inventive details of the product have been disclosed in the public domain. The results can also help with drafting the patent application and ensure minimal delays in the examination process.