Off-patent search is a kind of prior-art search where the major focus is to watch the patents which are nearer to or crossed their expiration time. Conducting off-patent search and knowing about expired patents is essential in any industry because, off-patents are good source of technical information. So knowing about commercially advantageous technologies in desired field of expertise might give ready solutions to technical problems and get ideas for further innovation. It is always a good idea to check with an attorney before using someone else’s patent even if it’s abandon or expired.
- Conducts a comprehensive patent search on a desired technology using databases like Google patents, Espacenet, USPTO, AclaimIP etc.
- Analyze and retrieve relevant patents.
- Conducts through analysis on legal status
- Advice about commercially useful technologies from Off-patents
- Advice about pre-expiration strategies
- Three levels of quality check before delivering the search report