Design Prior Art Search is about scouring for already existing Designs that have been submitted with IP Offices around the world and assess what they are claiming in their Drawings, Monopoly or Claims. Generally any new idea will still fall into one or more Design Classifications that need to be researched to review what has already been done in the proposed space of your new idea and to see whether it has already been registered and or formally protected. Ideally these searches find very little to no prior art in your way so that you can progress and evolve your idea confidently to market.
To ensure that your idea is novel, unique and not already owned by someone else, we offer Clients formal and thorough ‘deep’ prior art searches within Design databases that differ from conventional search services that rely on ‘Title’ searches, which are ineffective in identifying prior art that intentionally or unintentionally has been ‘Titled’ incorrectly. As specialists in Boolean advance searches we ensure that searches target within a Design’s Monopoly, Claims and Drawings or Illustrations, which take significantly longer in time than simple ‘Title’ searches and requires a commercial mindset to locate relevant and potentially ‘fatal flaw’ elements of prior art. Historically this process on approximately 70% of occasions reveals prior art that is potentially an issue or useful for our Clients.
This step can be skipped, however if your Design Application is ‘examined’ by a Patent Office Examiner to find that you are too close to an already registered Patent and or Design, your application may not be able to overcome the citations, so it’s good due diligence to carry out your own prior art searches before you apply to minimise the chance of this predicament occurring.
Our prior art search reports are clear, concise and easy to read and include an assessment and conclusion of what prior art was found to be of interest and of particular and importance.
If there appears to be little in your way in terms of prior art, then it would be a matter of drafting your Patent Specification then seeking quotes to make your idea to ensure that it can be made in cost range that provides you a workable product margin.