The search of the prior art is a means of identifying, before taking any step to file a patent application concerning an invention, a certain number of prior disclosures (articles, patents, lectures, prior commercial sale or uses) which could jeopardize the patentability of your invention
It is always recommended to conduct a prior art on one’s own before envionning patent protection. Several very useful patent and non-patent literature databases are available to the public to conduct those searches. For example, patent searches can be conducted in espacenet, patentscope, patentlens, depatisnet, USPTO, Swissreg.
We assist our clients in conducting more elaborated prior art searches (keywords but also chemical structures and sequence searches) in public and non-public databases, analyzing prior art search results in view of determining patentability of their innovations.