Patentability Search (Novelty Search)
The objective is to obtain the information on the possibility of obtaining the right.
Patentability Search is conducted to determine if an invention has the requirements of novelty and non-obviousness before filing a patent application.
Patentability Search searches mainly in databases of patents, patent applications and other documents such as utility models.
Clearance Search (Infringement Search, Freedom To Operate Search)
The objective is to obtain the information on the risk of infringement in view of your particular products or services (processes).
Clearance Search searches in databases of issued patents or pending patent applications to determine if the products or services infringe any of the claims of the issued patents or pending patent applications.
Invalidation Search (Validation Search)
The objective is to obtain the evidence to invalidate particular patent rights of the other company.
Invalidity Search is an exhaustive prior art search relevant to a target patent according to a budget and a period.