Six Patent Search Hurdles and the Solution You Seek

November 20, 2017 David Bennett

Novelty searches, invalidity searches, non-infringement searches, and freedom-to-operate searches - no matter which type of patent search you are performing, your ability to work smarter and faster determines the quality and depth of the results you find. Luckily, there is a solution to clearing hurdles that are most likely to slow you down.

1. Searching Several Patent Databases

Sifting through the world's prior art one database at a time is a tremendous task. For this reason, many patent practitioners tend to allocate most of their research to only a few core patent authorities. This leaves patent practitioners blind to potentially relevant patents and patent applications lodged in other countries that could be very important to their patent strategy. Now, patent practitioners can search over 100 patent authorities simultaneously to uncover prior art from around the world quicker than ever.

2. Translating Foreign Patents and Patent Applications

Finding foreign literature and prior art is only one piece of the puzzle. Many patent applications are drafted in their filing country’s language without an English translation. Unless you are able to decipher international prior art on your own, this leaves you in need of a way to translate the text of this prior art into something you can work with. Fortunately, the same search software that provides access to the world’s largest collection of searchable full-text patent documents also allows you to search in either English or in the language in which a patent document was originally published.

3. The Boolean Learning Curve

A well-thought-out Boolean search results in tailored results and relevant patent information. However, for many patent practitioners, the Boolean operator combinations necessary for focused search results create a lot of frustration and wasted time. Luckily, you can now save time and frustration by utilizing intuitive patent search tools that get rid of the need for expert-level Boolean queries to produce excellent search results. 

4. Identifying Relevant Information

Running a search query is quick, but determining which search results are most relevant can take hours. The best patent search software helps you cut to the chase by presenting you with the most important patent document information upfront. With the ability to view a document’s title, abstract, status, and even an image of a document’s front page, you can shift your focus from identifying references to analyzing useful patent content.

5. Organizing Relevant Search Results

Keeping relevant search results organized is key for efficient patent analysis. In the past, keeping organized meant placing patent documents in physical folders or saving them to your hard drive. The superior patent search solution now enables you to use electronic file folders to quickly identify, arrange, and access your most valuable search results.

6. Working with Patent Document Files

While patent document hard copies and PDFs work fine for a first read, they have little value to patent practitioners who need to incorporate document information into their own work product. Instead of wasting time copying text from one format into another, you need a patent search tool that allows you to download patent documents in a variety of formats so that you can copy, cut, highlight, edit, or annotate in any way you see fit.

With LexisNexis TotalPatent One™, you can avoid all of these patent search hurdles for a more effective and efficient patent search experience. TotalPatent One is a total patent search solution and the clear choice for patent professionals seeking speed, quality, and depth. 

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