MaxVal provides patent counsel cost-effective ways to conduct prior-art search by leveraging our standardized procedures and domain expertise.

Key Features

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

Typical Benefits

  • 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