Patent Search Services

Patent, Prior Art, Novelty, & Patentability Search Services

Patent Search Services (prior art searching) is research to find all the products and inventions similar to an invention that you want to patent. It is done to determine if the idea or invention claimed is already disclosed in the prior art. The prior art is found by searching the existing patents, patent applications, and non-patent literature around the world. Professional searching is the first step to patenting.

A prior art search is done to find out whether the invention (or an obvious precursor) is already written about somewhere in the world. The documents collected during the search are used to evaluate the new invention claims. Carson Patents prior art search patent service includes a patentability evaluation. Contact us to start the steps to patent.

Note: All prior art searches from Carson Patents include a completed Information Disclosure Statement (IDS). An IDS is a required submission for your patent application.

Search Types

This type of searching includes all appropriate search types. There are five search types. The keyword, classification, structure, sequence, and image types. Our firms prior art search expert uses all types as appropriate. Contact us to start the steps to patent.

Note: All prior art search patent services at Carson Patents include keyword and classification type search results. All searches where images or drawings are available also include image type search results.

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Important TIP. Proper searching greatly enhances good patent specification writing. Searching also guides writing claims to improve the protection they provide for your invention. Proper searching can reduce or eliminate potential rejections and objections. Thus, it can save you money.

What is a Novelty or Patentability Evaluation?

Included with the prior art search, the novelty or patentability evaluation patent service is used to find out whether an idea or invention is new and patentable. The prior art documents from the search are studied in evaluating the idea or invention claimed. A determination of novelty or patentability is then made based on the prior art. The reasoning and rational for the determination are provided as part of this patent service.

A novelty or patentability evaluation patent service is best done before the inventor files a patent application. Carson Patents always starts with a professional search and patentability evaluation before proceeding to write an application. If the invention is not patentable, we do not proceed to writing a patent application. Contact us to start the steps to patent.

Important TIP: Once an application is submitted, you cannot add any “new matter” to it. You must file a new application or a continuation in part (CIP) if you need to add any drawings or description to support your claims after your initial filing.

What is New Matter in a patent application?


 New Matter Carson Patents Logo icon with text. New Matter is content not found in either the written description or drawings, involving a departure from or an addition to the original disclosure. It cannot be added to the application even if supported by a supplemental oath or declaration. New matter can only be shown or claimed in a separate application.

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Important Tip: When looking for expert prior art search services from a Patents Firm or IP/Patents Law Office – only Patent Attorneys, and Patent Agents can prosecute patents. Call Carson Patents for your inventions Patent Practitioner help.