All our search analysts are employees of Cardinal and are located in the United States. While some are located in Evanston, IL, many are spread out across the country.
For our patent and trademark searches, contracts are not required. Cardinal does offer bulk searching subscription options that provide substantial discounts. For those options, a contract is provided. Contracts are also required for Cardinal’s managed docketing services.
Cardinal has search analysts in all technical areas. Cardinal is not a law firm, and therefore does not have legal conflicts of interest preventing us from working with you. Cardinal does shield employees from various projects when appropriate.
We deliver our search results via email with PDF attachments and links to our IPDashboard portal. For patentability, FTO/clearance/infringement, and invalidity search reports please see the following video: https://cardinal-ip.com/patent-search-report/ For Patentwatch, landscape, and many collection searches we generally deliver results using our Landscape Viewer interface described here: https://cardinal-ip.com/platforms/
Yes, here is a link to our foreign language capabilities: https://cardinal-ip.com/foreign-language-capabilities/. Please note capabilities will depend on the technology area and search type, so please reach out to your Account Manager to inquire.
Unfortunately, no search provider can guarantee their search will find all the relevant art and you should be very skeptical of a search firm promising such a result. At Cardinal, we have the most experience, and access to the most databases in the industry. providing us the best chance of finding relevant references. Also, unlike other providers, we stand behind our work and provide free supplemental searching if an issue arises with a particular search.
Contact your Account Manager immediately so we can identify the issues and work to correct the dissatisfaction.
We price searches in one of two ways.
(1) Our preferred method is to take a look at your information, (for patentability -the invention disclosure or detailed description, for clearance – the product description; for invalidity – the patent number) and then give you a firm quote based on what we feel it would cost to perform a quality search.
(2) If you have a budget in mind, we can almost always find a way to work within that budget, by tailoring the scope of the search. However, please keep in mind that there is always a tradeoff between the budget and the scope of the search.
The cost of design patent searches varies widely depending on the actual design and the chosen jurisdictions . As such, we do not have ballpark estimates for design patent searching. To request a search, please send the desired scope, a copy of the design, as well an explanation of the design if it is not readily apparent. A Project Manager will then conduct an initial review of the material to determine the cost of the search.
Some searches take more than one business day to complete (i.e. clearance or invalidity). Whether we are able to complete a rush search depends on the type of search, our searcher availability, and desired turnaround. Please reach out via our website or contact your account manager and we will let you know our current capabilities to accommodate your requested time frame.
Depending on when we receive the information from you, they will normally get back to you in one business day. If we receive the information in the morning, they could get back to you in the afternoon. Or if we receive your information for the request in the afternoon, they will most likely get back to you the following morning.
Certainly. However, we do prefer to have the Project Manager review the material and technology beforehand. We ask that you send us a brief description so the Project Manager can review it, that way the Project Manager can run a preliminary search and see how much art is out there. Once this is done, the Project Manager can contact with you with any further questions.
Standard Invalidity Searches cover US & foreign, patents, published applications and non-patent literature.
Premium Invalidity Searches cover the same scope as the standard search, but include several valuable additions. First, the premium search includes two searchers on the case. One searcher is dedicated to patent literature and the other is dedicated to non-patent literature. A librarian will also be assigned to the case to handpick additional NPL resources for the searcher to look through. We also include claim mapping at this level.
Redbird Invalidity Searches are considered our “scorch the earth” option. Redbird searches include 2 rounds of premium searching and the search team collaborates frequently with clients during the process. We’ll have a meeting before the search begins and then another meeting after the first round of searching is complete. We’ll discuss the results, refine the search scope, and perform a second round of searching. Real-time results are also available with this option.
All our paralegals are employees of Cardinal and are located in the United States. While some are located in Evanston, IL, many are spread out across the country.
Cardinal has dedicated docketing professionals on most major platforms. We would be happy to discuss your platform and whether our services would be a good fit for your needs. Please reach out to us via phone, website or contact your account manager.