A good patent search is an important tool for achieving an effective patent. Patent searches are a cornerstone of the patent services that Stone Creek offers. A good patent search helps you determine the boundaries of your inventive concept. It gives you clear visibility. A good patent search helps minimize patent prosecution costs by taking the guesswork out of what already exists. A good patent search allows you to make an intelligent and informed decision whether to proceed with a patent application. It helps you understand both the risks and rewards. For more information please read the article about patent searches in our Patent Knowledge Center.
Stone Creek Patent Services provides patent searches with a detail analysis, and clear patentability opinion. Patent searches are done in house, by Alan Flum, proprietor of Stone Creek and a U.S. Registered Patent Agent. For accelerated examination searches, a trusted colleague who is also a patent agent and is a former PCT examiner may be engaged, at no additional charge and with the permission of the client, to act as as “second set of eyes.”
It takes time to do a quality search. Mr. Flum typically spends 15+ hours doing the search, analyzing the results, and writing the analysis, opinion, and report. This is far superior than outsourcing the patent search for several reasons. First, an outsourced search will probably not be done by U.S. registered patent agent or patent attorney. Because of this, the searcher may not understand the subtleties of prosecuting U.S. patent applications. Second, outsourcing carries confidentiality risks and possible violation of information export laws if the patent searches are off-shored.
Stone Creek Patent Services has invested in state of the art tools for patent searching. Currently, Stone Creek uses Lexis TotalPatent®. Four years ago, Mr. Flum choose Lexis TotalPatent® because of the breath and scope of their database. Lexis claims to have one of the largest patent database in the world with full-text search and machine-translated searches of patents and patent applications of over 30 countries, bibliographic and abstract search of over 100 countries and patent authorities.