Scambia methodology and access to patent databases, as well as the selection and processing of patent results, yields superior results for clients in terms of patentability assessment, avoidance of redundant developments, and infringement of third party patents.
The search is carried out to discover the relevant prior art in a particular technology field or for a specific technology. Usually carried out at the beginning of a development project or a redesign
Findings: Basis to decide whether to continue a development or to buy-in the technology. Assists in deciding to which developments are patentable.
An FTO search checks patents which are currently valid. It makes sense to run this search when design modifications are still feasable, but should should be done at latest by the time of market introduction.
Findings: Identify relevant third party patents that might conflict with client patent.
An invention is considered to be new only if it does not form part of the state of the art and its novelty can be confirmed.
Findings: Establish whether the idea is novel and inventive, or merely an extension of known technology.
Patent searches are charged based on the costs incurred, usually between 600 and 2'000CHF (hourly rate 200CHF)