Patents are a source of information for your company. If you are in the process of developing a new product or method, you may be put onto some good ideas by consulting patent publications.
Preliminary patent search
If the inventions which are described in these patent publications have never resulted in a granted patent, or if the patent has since expired, it is permissible to use these inventions. However, if a given patent is still valid, it is better for you to know this at the start of your product development. You may, for example, try to obtain a licence for this patent or change the direction of your product development to avoid further problems from this patent.
Other reasons for patent searches
Other reasons to carry out patent searches:
- to assess whether a product developed by you is eligible for patent protection.
- to get an idea of the technical field you are embarking on
- monitoring the rights of competitors
- opposition preparation
Patent searches by Arnold & Siedsma
Arnold & Siedsma has access to a large number of databases and registers, so that it can carry out a thorough search for you. For in-depth or specialist searches, our patent attorneys work together with a number of specialist search offices. We evaluate the technical and legal implications of the results of these searches.