MaxVal provides patent counsel cost-effective ways to conduct prior-art search by leveraging our standardized procedures and domain expertise.
MaxVal’s prior-art search covers patent and non-patent databases. Our reports are customizable in detail and can include one or more of the following: the complete search record (strategy and hits), a table with relevant portions of the short listed references highlighted for attorney review, a chart showing the extent to which features of the current invention are disclosed (undisclosed/partially disclosed/fully disclosed) in the shortlisted prior-art references, and the short list of references ranked in order of relevance.
Prior-art searches and analysis use standardized procedures and our experts’ domain knowledge to cover:
- Identifies boundaries of the invention that is sought to be claimed and often opens up new opportunities to expand the boundaries of the claimed invention
Freedom to operate (FTO)
- Ensures commercial production, marketing and use of a new product, process or service does not infringe third party patents
- A well-researched FTO report avoids costly infringement proceedings and delays in product release
- Relevant observations and annotations highlight key references
- Identifies prior-art dated before the priority date of the patent with the object of proving that the invention was not new when the patent application was filed
- Accurate: Dedicated domain experts
- Verifiable: Auditable processes and results
- Timely: Proven track record of delivering on time, on budget over last few years to numerous customers
- Cost effective: Leverage proprietary in-house tools
- Interactive: Client-involvement throughout the search process
- Tailored to meet client needs: Customizable reports and reporting formats