The search is the foundation for a significant segment of IP innovation. Searching is the foundation upon which many opinions are based, therefore, the importance of good searching cannot be overlooked in all processes. A complete understanding of the classification system is a prerequisite to conducting quality searches. The class/subclass searching can be supplemented by conducting key word computer searches on various databases. Namely, the use of databases should generally be coordinated with a class/subclass search to optimize the search results. In most instances, searching can continually be extended into less relevant art areas found throughout the classification system
Our patent search service is composed of a patentability search, validity/infringement search, freedom to operate/right to use search and a state of the art search. Search scope includes both patent and non-patent documents. The patent document DB covers documents of Korea(KR), the United States(US), Japan(JP), Europe(EP), China(CN) and PCT publications(WO).
Patent landscape analysis(PLA) provides a patent situation of a specific technology by data mining. The PLA offers a statistical analysis tool for patent filing trend, competitor’s situation and maturation of specific technology. This type of approach can be very helpful to monitor competitors environment, moves and innovation trends and gives a macro-view of a technology status in order to evaluates its maturity and complexity.
All patents that requested to be analyzed will be sent to our mother company, PIPC, through IP Korea Center(IPKC). PIPC(Patent Information Promotion Center) has a longest history at patent searching market in Korea. PIPC employs around 600 patent searchers that have engineering backgrounds.
A patent search is a basic process used by an independent inventor before filing a patent application for his or her invention, or a company to manage its patent portfolio. Through this process, you can easily determine whether your idea is patentable and acquire useful information to enhance the patentability of your invention.
State of the art search
State of art searches are broad analysis of the current state of a given technology area. This is useful if your company is considering entry into a new technological area, and is used by inventors and small companies to obtain a picture of the patent landscape. Results can be used as a navigation.
Invalidity search can provide some prior art references that disclose claims that are infringed by the subject disclosure, enabling inventors/applicants to effectively take steps for patent dispute. All publicly available documents or evidence of public disclosure prior to the filing of the patent application are analyzed.
Infringement search is carried out to locate patents which might be infringed as part of efforts to prevent others from taking advantages from the invention claimed in your patent.
Patent Landscape Analysis(PLA)
Patent landscape analysis shows, for given a general field of technology, what areas are potentially rife with third party patent problems, and by contrast, what areas remain relatively free of third – party patents – and possibly are available for appropriation. The PLA can provide a competitive environment, including strengths and weakness of the business with which you compete, in which your business operates.(or wishes to operate)
The Korean and Japanese language tend to be an obstacle to an U.S. applicant’s IP strategy.
Our translation service covers translation of Korean or Japanese documents into English in all technological areas. Our translation services cover not only patent documents but also non-patent documents. There is no limitation about coverage years or document types. Delivery varies depending on the detailed conditions such as total volume of requested documents, technological fields, etc.