Patentability Search / Novelty 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 / Novelty 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.

Free IDS Auto Generated Report
Included With All Patentability Searches!

IDS Forms Filled Out Effortlessly.

With the click of a button in our search report interface, the USPTO’s SB/08a form is automatically populated with reference information from your patentability search results**, saving you time, money and effort.

The form allows you to review, edit, and supplement as necessary, allowing for complete customization and another reason to choose Cardinal for your search needs.

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Patentability Search /
Novelty Search Strategy

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

Patentability Search /
Novelty Search References Cited

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


Patentability Search /
Novelty 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 / Novelty 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 /
Novelty Search Turnaround Time***

  • 3-6 Business Days

**Cardinal Intellectual Property Inc.’s IDS auto-generated form is solely for client’s convenience and Cardinal Intellectual Property Inc. does NOT warrant that the form is accurate, complete, or meets the standards required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Client is solely responsible for the accuracy and completion of the IDS form, including, but not limited to, the references listed, citations used, and application information.
***All turnaround times are approximations and are subject to change.