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The most suitable search for your ideas

Depending on your objectives and questions there are different types of searches that may suit. Our ABP search experts will be delighted to provide advice and assistance. We will tailor the search method to your needs and ensure valuable results.

Disclosure of Invention Search (general Prior Art Search)

A Disclosure of Invention Search (general Prior Art Search) provides you with a first overview of a predefined subject matter under search – such as for instance features of a product or method – with no assessment of relevance. This type of search is cost-efficient and fast, it should however not be considered complete. It may, for instance, be useful for making decisions on the prosecution of an invention.

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Prior Art Search

The intent of a Prior Art Search is to provide a focused insight into existing protective rights relating to a defined topic (features of a product or method) in terms of patent-protected novelty and inventive step.

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Novelty Search

The Novelty Search provides you with answers as to the patent-related novelty. Novelty searches find specific protective rights (patents) that may preclude your invention from being patented. (Note: This type of search does not cover the “inventive step” also required for your invention to be patented.)

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Infringement Search / Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) Search

Infringements of protective rights are a high risk when a product or a method is being launched.

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Opposition Search / Nullity Search

You are being sued for an infringement? A competitor's protective right is conflicting with your developments? Challenge your opponent’s protective right (patent, utility model,
trademark, design): It might have no legal validity. The Opposition Search / Nullity Search may find information nullifying your opponent’s protective right. This type of search is often combined with Non-Patent Literature Search.

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