loader image
wissen logo


5 Types of Patent searches, You need to know about!

5 Types of Patent searches, You need to know about!

There are already more than 40 million patent documents published worldwide and a million more are added every year.

 But, only a small portion of these inventions will reach the market, do you know the reason?

It’s “Lack of Patent Search!” 

In this blog, we are going to discuss various aspects of patent search. So stay tuned, till the end. 

For an application to be taken into consideration under Patent Law, an invention must adhere to particular patent criteria’s. The innovation needs to be Novel, non-obvious, have industrial applicability and should be subject-matter-eligible.

Many inventors desire to rush right into the application process because they believe that the thing they’ve imagined doesn’t exist yet, it automatically satisfies the conditions. But is it so easy to understand?

Sadly, no, it isn’t. 

It’s challenging to turn an idea into a patent. A patent is examined on several grounds to see whether it is original, obvious, and distinct from prior art inventions or concepts. A patent is only given by the nation’s patent office once all requirements have been met.

In certain circumstances, the rights of the inventor or assignee could be revoked if a patent is granted and upon reexamination found to not meet any particular criterion. 

Reasons to conduct a patent Search

The reasons to conduct a patent search is dependent on various reason. For example, for searching prior arts to check the novelty of the invention, we would conduct patentability search. Whereas, to tackle a patent infringement case, patent invalidity search will be conducted. So, here are 5 types of patent searches discussed here.

5 Types of Patent Search

Patentability Search: Before submitting a patent application, a patentability search—also referred to as a novelty search—is carried out to determine whether the invention is new. This search is significant because no one wants to have their whole investment in creating and submitting a patent application rejected.

Freedom to Operate Search: Freedom to Operate refers to a company’s ability to engage in commercial operations including the creation, production, and marketing of a product without infringing its own or another party’s intellectual property rights. A business can evaluate whether its product or technique violates the claims of an active patent by doing a freedom-to-operate search.

Patent Invalidity Search: A concentrated prior art search for a patent, non-patent literature articles, data, or publications that were widely available before the patent’s effective filing date or priority date is known as a patent invalidation search, invalidity search. A business runs a patent invalidation search when it is worried about patent infringement.

State of Art Search: A State of Art Patent Search is a thorough examination of all published works, whether they are covered by patents or not, in a particular field. The main goal is to create a comprehensive picture of the current situation in a specific technical industry. It can also comprise all of the non-patent literature on a certain topic. 

Patent Landscape: Patent landscape analysis, also known as “patent mapping,” is a multistep process that combines human intelligence and computer software to sort through, compile, and extract value from this big amount of data.

In essence, patent landscape analysis sheds light on the inventions that form the basis of products and technologies.

Why Should You Conduct a Patent Search?

A patent provides legal protection to prevent the commercialization or usage of your inventions without your consent. There are several advantages to conducting a patent search in addition to the obvious ones. Here are benefits of conducting these 5 types of patent searches:

  • Gaining insight into competitor activity

Patent Landscape helps you to get information that can allow you to get idea about your competitor’s activity in the market. With these insights, you take measures to get the maximum benefit as per your business goals.

  • Increase licensing and other patent monetization opportunities.

Patent searches like state of art search can equip you with enough information that can allow you check licensing which patents can help you to reap the maximum benefits. It will allow you to strengthen your patent portfolio. 

  • Steer clear of pricey investing choices.

After determining whether your idea is patentable with the help of patentability search, you’ll be in a better position to decide what steps to take next to prevent making unneeded investments. Also, Patent Landscape will give an idea, which is the most beneficial area of doing the research and help you avoid investing in futile areas.

  • Become familiar with the Prior art

A patent search like patentability search will help you to understand the novelty of your invention and creating original claims and descriptions for it as you become familiar with the prior arts. Also, for invalidating a patent you be equipped with enough information with respect to prior art.

  • Reducing redundant research and risk of infringement

Patent search like FTO search can help you avoid the risk of infringing the patent of third party while you operate with your product in the market and will give your research and development a direction by helping you explore the areas of products that can be more profitable reducing the chances of redundant research.

Importance of Patent Databases in Patent Search

Patent Databases plays an important role while doing a patent search. It helps you get access to various prior arts. The top five patent search engines are Patent Scope, Espacenet, The Lens Org, Design View, and Google Patents. If you want to know in-depth about Patent Search Databases, then here are 2 Blogs that you can read.


Patent Searches plays an important role to help you on various levels to get the maximum benefits from your IP. With the help of various patent databases, you can conduct all the patent searches with ease and ensure that your IP is reaching to the market in the best possible way. Wissen Research can help you do these 5 types of patent searches in the most efficient and effective way.