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After a brief consultation and specification of the research or monitoring goal and the clarification of the problem and the search terms and classifications to be used, we create research and monitoring according to a high quality standard on behalf of the customer.



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Prior Art Research

Opposition and destruction research including detailed claims analysis

Freedom-to-operate searches

Patent monitoring, patent surveillance

Depending on your request, we can present an overview of all relevant hits in an Excel table in the reporting, make all full copies available if necessary and write a short report including a conclusion and outlook. However, we do not provide any legal advice in this regard.


With patent monitoring, we create an individual research profile for you, which we update with you on a regular basis. At defined intervals (e.g. every 14 days, monthly, quarterly) we then submit a report with new hits on the profile or on known hits, provided that something has changed in the legal status. We are happy to take over the distribution of reports in the company to the relevant distributors.


Earlier prior art can also be found using the same structured procedure as in the infringement search. With these  "Prior Art" analyzes apply  to find a document published before the priority date which already discloses the inventive ideas on which the invention is based. this means that the claim to novelty of the invention is no longer given and the patent could in principle be cancelled. In the context of claims for damages, which are often associated with considerable costs, and injunctions that could lead to significant sales problems, a "prior art" search is often a last resort to avoid:  it is often enough to confront the plaintiff with the results of the prior art analysis so that he refrains from his claim, otherwise only an action for annulment remains. Good prior art analyzes are a prerequisite for this. In the nullity analysis (compared to a pure nullity search), the individual claim elements are consistently broken down and researched according to corresponding earlier descriptions including the sources. Here, not only patent literature, but in particular the non-patent literature is used.

The procedure is comparable to the infringement research procedure, but the research is carried out with a different source period.

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