At the stage of creating a new intellectual property object - an invention, utility model or industrial design (design), there are several very important points, such as conducting a preliminary check and patent information search of the created object.
At the stage of a new idea, which is usually aimed at solving an actual technical problem, with the exception of design, one should familiarize oneself with the existing state of the art and attempts to solve this technical problem. The prior art gives an understanding of the success of the proposed idea.
To patent an idea, it is necessary to form the materials of the patent application taking into account the existing state of the art. In the application, the idea is described as a technical solution to an existing technical problem in the form of a set of essential features, which must be formulated as accurately and legally correctly as possible. It is for the described aggregate that the legal protection of the patent will subsequently be granted.
In order for the described set of essential features of an idea to be recognized as patentable when registering a patent, it is strongly recommended to conduct a preliminary patent search for information discrediting the set of essential features of an idea.
Preliminary examination of the patentability of an idea and an informational patent search are carried out, as a rule, in a complex and give a preliminary understanding of the probability of obtaining a patent in a particular country.
Obtaining a patent, depending on the patent and country, can take from 2 months to 4 years. Preliminary examination of the patentability of an idea and patent information retrieval can save time and costs for patenting in case of a low probability of registration, or attract new investments in the development of an idea and the possibility of planning the commercialization of a patent in case of a high probability of registration.
Also, a preliminary check of the patentability of an idea and an informational patent search, the result of their analysis, make it possible to more legally formulate a set of essential features of an idea to obtain the maximum legal protection provided by a patent.