Note: The pricing below, still good in 2021, will apply in nearly all cases, but for certain subject matter, the management reserves the right to instead provide a specific quote. Pricing is per single invention. Payment can be by check, PayPal, or credit card via PayPal invoice.
Some may ask: can a cheap patent search be any good? I operate with very low overhead, and I do not offer a patentability opinion with the search results as some do. Many clients do not need such an opinion as the results might be fairly easy to interpret. However, if you think you would still benefit from a formal patentability or infringement opinion, I can arrange for that with others, and their fee will vary depending on complexity and amount of prior art to review. Patent searching is my only business, so for me it is not a loss leader to get you in the door for the more expensive services. I just do a very thorough prior art search.
US-only Patent Search:
Price: $220.00 (US) ($200 for electronic results only) The US Patent Search includes primarily prior art found in both expired and active US patents, and includes published US patent applications currently available in the US Patent Office database. In many instances, a brief search of public non-patent literature may also be conducted. The search techniques are based mainly on keywords, classes/subclasses, and forward/backward referencing.
The results will typically include the five to eight most relevant references found, but often will be one to twelve in number. Generally the results will be provided as complete pdf files, but hard copies will be mailed on request.
US & International Patent Search:
Price: $320.00 (US) ($300 for only electronic results)
The US and International Patent Search includes primarily prior art found in both expired and active US and foreign patents, and includes published US and foreign patent applications currently available in the US and European Patent Office databases. In many instances, a brief search of public non-patent literature will also be included. The search techniques are based mainly on keywords, classes/subclasses, and forward/backward referencing.
The results will typically include five to ten of the most relevant references found, but can be anywhere from one to fifteen in number. Generally the results will be emailed as complete pdf files, but hard copies will be mailed on request. For some foreign patents, only the abstract will be in English, but drawing pages will also be included.
Pre-Issue or Post-Grant Challenge Search (Validity):
Price: via Quotation– depends on complexity of specific application
Under the provisions of the America Invents Act which recently went into effect, there now is a wider time window and it is potentially more effective for a third party to submit prior art evidence to the Patent Office that might influence the examination of patent applications filed after March 16, 2013. This can even be done anonymously through a patent agent or attorney. Also, patents issued after March 16, 2013 can be challenged within 9 months of the issue date. Thus the third party may be able to minimize the threat of their business or business plan infringing on another’s patent.
The searching service offered would review the claims of the application or patent in question and look for prior art (patents, patent applications, and publications) that may be helpful in mounting a challenge or submission. The results would then be reviewed by the client and subsequently discussed with their licensed patent practioner to decide on a course of action.
First-Round “Knock-Out” Search: Occasionally, I quickly find something very similar to your proposed invention either in a patent or already for sale. In a case like this, I will contact you right away, and if you agree on the similarity, I will charge just $100 and refund the difference.