We recognise that evaluating and protecting the intellectual property (IP) associated with a new product or process can be a confusing, if not daunting, task for many individuals and businesses. Patents are often – though not always – the most appropriate means of protecting an invention, but how do you begin to assess an invention’s novelty or originality before committing to the more substantial investment associated with a professionally drafted patent application?
Our affordable pre-filing search service (starting at £1,250 ex VAT) adopts a structured approach aimed at reducing – though not eliminating – the inherent uncertainties associated with the patent process in particular; thus allowing you to make more informed decisions on IP protection in general. No patent search – regardless of the searching budget available – can ever be 100% conclusive, not least due to the 18-month delay between filing and publication of a patent application; however our pre-filing search service is a pragmatic solution for mitigating risks at a sensible price point.
This service includes:
The advantages of our pre-filing service include:
Our pre-filing service may not be appropriate in all cases. For example, you may already be satisfied with your own knowledge of the prior art, and the other forms of intellectual property rights associated with your invention. You may also be content to incur the costs associated with filing a patent application notwithstanding the possibility that relevant prior art already exists, e.g. because pending patent rights provides a deterrent effect on potential competitors. Such an approach is perfectly valid provided that you proceed with an appreciation of the possible risks and uncertainties involved.
Some inventions may require a more protracted initial consultation, and/or more in depth searching and analysis falling outside the scope of our £1,000 fixed fee service. For example, where significant work is required to formulate the search criteria/strategy or where the invention is complex, and/or of special commercial importance, it may be prudent to increase the searching budget to between around £1500 to £2500.
Please note that responding to additional general queries or providing advice in relation to matters not specifically mentioned above would incur additional costs consistent with the amount of professional time incurred. For example, providing advice relating to the protection of your intellectual property rights (or those of third parties) in the UK or abroad, or advising on infringement issues. We are always happy to provide cost estimates for conducting additional work upon request.
Please contact us if you wish to discuss our searching services in more detail.
Cameron Intellectual Property strives to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the patentability searches it performs. However, due to the subjective nature of performing such searches; the period of time between patent applications being filed and published; and other factors outside our control (such as the potential for databases being incomplete, or documents being misclassified), it is not possible to guarantee that a search of this type is exhaustive or error free. Therefore, it is to be understood that our search is provisional and advisory in nature.