Patentability Search

A Patentability Search or Novelty Search identifies prior art references that either alone, or in combination, are material to the patentability of an invention.

Patentability Search results may include published applications and issued patents, both U.S. and foreign, as well as non-patent literature such as scientific journals and papers. Our experienced analysts highlight segments of particular relevance in the identified references. Upon request, these highlighted segments are mapped to the elements of your invention.

Patentability Search Strategy

  • Identification of Best Fit Classes
  • Keyword Searching
    • Classification-limited keyword searching
    • Keyword searching not limited by classifications

Patentability Search References Cited

  • U.S. Patents
  • Published U.S. Patent Applications
  • Foreign Patents
  • Published Foreign Patent Applications
  • Non-Patent Literature


Patentability Search Delivery Methods

  • PDF version of report (via e-mail)
  • IP Dashboard Search Report System (web-based report interface)
    • PDF copies of each reference
    • Zipped bulk download of all references


Patentability Search
Additional Add-On Services

  • Break down of the invention into elements and mapping of
    applicable reference excerpts to each element
  • Figure review of best fit class(es)


Patentability Search Turnaround Time

  • 3-7 Business Days