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Entrepreneurs before filing for patent registration – highly honored intellectual property rights, go through a critical step – Patent search. Patent search helps the applicant to be sure of whether his content is an invention or a discovery. In this blog, we will be looking into how patent search is done in India.

Most entrepreneurs while dealing with patent search, are with an assumption that doing a manual search on sites like www.sciencedirect.com or www.google.com would be sufficient, come to a conclusion that the process is easy peasy. Well, the fact is, on those websites you would find only 25% information, whereas 75% of information is available as patent documents and are never published. Now, I hope we have a come to a conclusion why this procedure is important. Moving on,

Patent search is the process by which prior inventions or ideas are examined, with an objective to find information that bears a close similarity to a given patent or proposed invention. The documents searched during a patent search may include granted Indian, U.S. and foreign patents, published patent applications, and non-patent literature, such as the Web, product literature, and scientific journals and databases.


Patent search is an extensive data mining, a detailed search on:

  • Previous patents
  • Trade journal articles
  • Publications (including data books and catalogs)
  • Public discussions (conference and seminar)
  • Trade shows
  • Brochures
  • Products, devices, and equipment.

Types of patent search:

  1. Patentability Search – Done to determine if:
    1. Patentability
    2. Originality
    3. Explanatory
  2. Validity Search –
    1. Examiners on patent claims (Granted patent & Published patents)
    2. Technical publications (like journals)
    3. Non-Technical publications (like brochures)
  3. Infringement Search –
    1. Infringement check
    2. Territorial search – since patent enforces in one country, does not protect your right in other countries.
  4. Clearance Search –
    1. Combination of Patentability Search + Infringement search
    2. Full text specification and claims of granted patents and published patents with a special emphasis on enforceable patent claims.
    3. Search of Expired patents, technical publications (like journals) and non-technical publications.
  5. State of – the – art – searches:
    1. Full-text specification and claims of granted patents and published patents from all major patent offices of the world (Worldwide database)
    2. Technical publications (like journals) and non-technical publications (like product brochures)
    3. Search is carried out for whole technical field or a part of technical field according to the requirement of person concerned
    4. It is not limited to unexpired patent like in case of Infringement search
    5. It is not limited to one inventive concept like in case of Patentability search
  6. Patent Landscape search –
    1. To monitor markets of interest
    2. To identify gaps in and improve your research and development
    3. To determine which of your prospective patents will have significant commercial value
    4. To confirm which inventions are now in the public domain
    5. To give a better understanding of current competitors and identify future ones.
    6. It involves all features of State-of-the-art search
    7. It involves the different types of analysis on data generated by State-of-the-art search
    8. In short, it is nothing but the analysis of large data set, both patent and non-patent documents, generated by State-of-the-art search.

 

Remember, patent search is an extensive process, and it is done in all three stages of filing patent:

  1. Before Patent Application
  2. During Patent Execution
  3. After Patent Granting



Free online databases:

Source Name

Website

Scope of Search

Google

www.gogole.com

General search

Google’s Patent search

http://www.google.com/patents

US patents only       

USPTO

http://patft.uspto.gov/

US patents only

EPO

http://www.worldwide.espacenet.com/

EP patents, WIPO patents, Worldwide patents

WIPO

http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/

WIPO Patents

Free Patents Online

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/

US Patents, EP Patents, JP Patents, WIPO Patents

Patent Facilitation Centre (PFC)

http://www.indianpatents.org.in/db/db.htm

Indian Patents (Abstract only)

Indian Patent

Office

http://ipindia.nic.in/patent/patents.htm

Indian Patents (Granted as well as 18 months Published

Patents)

BigPatent India

http://india.bigpatents.org/

Indian Patents (Granted as well as 18 months Published

Patents)

 

Paid databases:

Source Name

Website

Scope of Search

Micropatent

http://www.micropat.com/static/index.htm

Worldwide

patents

Derwent

http://www.thomsonreuters.com/products_services/scientific/DWPI

Worldwide

patents

Aureka

http://www.thomsonreuters.com/products_services/scientific/Aureka

Worldwide

patents

Delphion

http://www.delphion.com/

Worldwide

patents

LexisNexis

http://www.lexisnexis.com/patentservices/priorart/

Worldwide

patents

Dialog

http://www.dialog.com/

Worldwide

patents

Hoover

http://www.hoovers.com/free/

Worldwide

patents

Patent

Search

Express

http://www.patentsearchexpress.com/

Worldwide

patents

Patent

Insight Pro

http://www.patentinsightpro.com

Worldwide

patents

 

We at Wazzeer are fully equipped to provide affordable Patent search support, the Wazzeer platform enables efficient and productive project delivery, we would be happy to help you, let’s connect! 🙂

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Funding Compliance

So you have an idea for a company? Have been playing around with it for months? You’ve done the deep soul searching and now it’s time to take the plunge and go all in, turning your idea into a business. Going about the obvious things of picking a name, mapping out the business plans have been keeping you busy off late. But then, even at the slightest thought of the capital, your mind goes blank!

The process is full of mystery and the worst part is that you probably have no idea where to even begin. Raising a seed around can get pretty simple, provided you are following the right steps from day one. Some points to demystify this entire process are :

  1. Track Everyone and Everything: Track 

You will be meeting hundreds of people about your company in the early days before you decide to raise money, and it is likely that your first investors will be people from that time period. Tracking every point of contact with potential future investors will give you a database of people to reach out to when it is the time to focus on your seed round.

 

  1. Analyze the Market. Thoroughly:

Interpreting the existing market scenario is primarily important. Take a call and wait for the market to develop patiently according to your perspective.

 

  1. Stay Connected :

It is unlikely that someone is going to invest right after the first meeting, by just seeing a snapshot of what you have done. Remember, Investors, like to invest in lines, not dots.

You performing over time in a series of dots (follow-up emails, meetings, calls) can help them get connected with you to paint a clearer picture of your team and company. If you are following point 1 correctly, potential investors will feel like they already know you when it’s time to ask for the check.

 

  1. Too many cooks spoil the broth:

Never have more than 2-3 founders. In case you need more experts, you can always hire them. Having one founder is not always the best option. Different outlooks and divided risks is always a favorable position to be in.

 

  1. Keep an eye on your accounts:

Expenses, bills of the previous and upcoming months need to be maintained. This will help you to keep a track of the loopholes in your capital. While going to an investor, show them the accounts and logistically present the number of funds required. This shall give you an upper hand.

 

  1. A Compelling Story sounds good:

Let not your pitch-deck sound like a robot. Use it to show your team’s strengths and why you are taking on this particular challenge. It’s simply about getting the potential investor excited enough to put their money on the line to be a part of the story with you.

 

 

  1. Funds = Bonus:

Raising a startup on the basis of bootstrapping is considered to be an ideal one. Consider the funds as the bonus. This will help you control the company completely without any pressure from the outside investors. Also, it lets you focus on your business more rather than always being in the hunt for an investor.

 

  1. Make sure you are financially stable:

Giving up an existing job to start a venture is not quite a good thing to do. Knowing about the highs and lows of the business, ensure that all your debts are cleared. Also, make sure that the medical insurance, family savings, and credit cards are in place. Moreover, keep a minimum runway of 9-12 months. Once you have got this sorted, it will be easier for you to concentrate on your venture.

 

  1. Gulp down that bitter pill:

It is good to accept that a startup is not working. Knowing that 80-90% of the startups get tossed over, you should not hesitate to make your call and well, move on. As a risk taker, this has to be your last resort but keep in mind that at times you need to let things go

 

  1. Do your own research:

Talk to the alum companies if you are applying to an accelerator. Talk to the portfolio companies if you are planning to raise capital from an angel investor or probably a venture fund. Those are the best source of references you won’t read the news.

 

 

Setting up a startup involves hefty procedures and complex hurdles. We at Wazzeer can vouch for being your most reliable Legal & Accounting Partner; letting your plans align smoothly. Let’s Connect!:)

 

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