Novelty Search

Novelty searches can be used in a wide range of connections:

  • As a clarification of whether an invention is new.
  • For evaluating invention disclosures.
  • As a basis for a well-founded patent application.

Freedom to operate searches can be used:

  • For mapping out a technical field.
  • As inspiration prior to the commencement of a new development project.
  • As information about who is operating within a given field.
  • As a basis for assessing the potential opportunities and risks for new activities in an area.

Validity searches can be used:

  • To discover prior art that can be used when filing for an opposition/post-grant review or in litigation.
  • To have an in-depth search of your own patent before a transaction or an infringement claim.

Clearance searches are used:

  • For identifying whether your product or product idea violates already existing rights.
  • For cost savings - preventing unnecessary investments in production and marketing.
  • As inspiration for modifying your product and thereby preventing violation of existing rights.

Nordic Patent Institute

Nordic Patent Institute (NPI) is an international organization established by the governments of Denmark, Iceland and Norway. 

NPI provides Global Prior Art Searches (patent and non-patent) for businesses and IP law firms. To perform these searches they have highly qualified specialists covering all technical fields.

NPI utilizes the competence of the patent examiners at the Danish and Norwegian Patent Offices. The examiners are all highly skilled PCT-examiners with extensive experience in searching patent and non-patent literature. The searches are performed using the best international patent databases and non-patent literature databases available and state-of-the-art search tools.

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