Prior Art  

Intellectual Property Services

Prior Art Reviews and Search Services

Every one of your new ideas is subject to the influence of what's already been created by others. This situation is a reality that you must face as you prepare to "stake a claim" and deter competitors from copying your best concepts. This is why effective searching is fundamental to the invention process.

Within the realm of IP, there are numerous search resources available to all of us, many of which are linked to this site under "Technology Research Services". A quick review of these online services immediately illustrates the inherent confusion surrounding the search process.

Obviously there are many ways to formulate a search and that is where we excel. NTP-IP Innovations is aware of the best search techniques to apply in a variety of situations. Search strategies vary widely from case to case, with search results often leading to more searches in other directions, making this a time consuming process that can easily distract you and your busy staff members from more important tasks.

In addition, all searches are not created equal. Some work best for new invention brainstorming, others work best to support litigation, while others are appropriate to review prior art with design engineering teams as a project's definition unfolds. No matter what, we can set you up with an appropriate, and cost-effective, search strategy.

After completing a search, and with a set of search results available, the challenge becomes determining which are relevant. We provide you with a set of clear reports to sort through the results, compare them to your new ideas, and then identify the areas of innovation that are best to emphasize going forward. We will also point out the areas that are either in the public domain or have been claimed by others, thus would be a waste of time to pursue.

The strongest inventions are often those that have been created with a full awareness of the prior art. This is because an invention may be challenged repeatedly during its usable life. How your invention stands up to these tests is a true indication of its value. By starting out with a good backdrop of prior art, your idea will be expressed in patent claims that your competition will find much more difficult to argue against in the future.

Interested in having a prior art search done for your idea or invention? We can produce a single-item report for less than $500 in most cases. Simply contact us and we'll set up your customized search promptly, with results that you will easily understand.