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NOTE: This Patent Search Service
is ONLY for inventions that are NOT in Chemical or Biotechnology subject
You must read, understand, and agree to the below information
and Service Agreement (by
clicking on the "I Agree" button at the bottom of this page),
then click on the "Add to Cart" button.
The general process to conduct a low cost, flat-rate Normal
Patent Search, unless otherwise agreed upon, proceeds as follows:
Upon your payment being honored
, we email you
confirmation including instructions on how to securely submit your
invention description, search parameter questionnaire, and full contact
information to us confidentially
As an additional layer of protection, a signed confidentiality agreement
(i.e., nondisclosure agreement, or NDA) covering the invention description
you submit to us for searching will be sent to you upon request. Note
Patent Agents and Attorneys are obligated
by law to preserve their clients' proprietary information in strict
otherwise he or she can be permanently barred personally from ever
practicing in patents or any other area of law. Moreover, all employees
of Bay Area IP have signed nondisclosure agreements.
You should have your disclosure witnessed (preferably
two witnesses), evidenced by signature to the statement like "I
have read and understand the invention described above".
- Your case will be assigned to a Registered Patent Agent possessing
at least a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering (highly competent
in the mechanical, electrical, and computer arts), who will email you
asking any additional information or clarifications if required.
- An estimated completion date (usually within 1 to 2 weeks) will be communicated to you.
- A search report
will be generated and delivered to you by secure
email, or snail-mail, depending on your situation. The search report
contains the Patent Search results, and should be presented to a Registered
Patent Practitioner for a patentability
opinion. Your search
report is yours to do with as you see fit.
- If we also received an order for a patentability
opinion, then a Registered Patent Practitioner (usually the same
one that conducted the search) will render a patentability
opinion and deliver their patentability analysis and advice to you
(usually within a few days from when the search results are available).
- After we deliver your search
report and/or any ordered patentability
opinion, we will not proceed to perform any further work until we
receive instructions and payment for additional services you wish to
procure based on the results.
- The patents identified in the search report can be submitted in an
disclosure statement with your utility
patent application as required by law.
Some basic Search conditions and limitations to understand
are as follows:
- All materials and information related to the invention to be searched,
including written and verbal descriptions, samples, drawings, photos,
recordings, and videos, as identified in the invention description (submitted
after payment) will be accepted, and confirmed received, by us under
the condition that the information they contain, shall be used by
us solely for purposes requested, or authorized by you. We shall
exercise a high degree of diligence to safeguard your proprietary matter
(i.e., nonpublic knowledge) from unauthorized access by others persons.
We shall only copy your proprietary matter as needed for work requested
by you, and we will return your proprietary matter, including any copies,
to you at any time you request it.
- You need to provide us a written disclosure of your invention (preferably
in electronic form) before we can begin the prior-art search, which
disclosure must describe your invention with enough accuracy and completeness
to enable us to perform an effective patent search. We may notice a
deficient invention disclosure and provide you with an opportunity to
respond with instructions and/or clarifications. However, we may not
notice any deficiencies in your invention disclosure and perform the
procured prior-art search as agreed upon, whereby you agree to accept
a search report resulting from any faults in your invention disclosure.
Basically, our search is only as good as your invention disclosure.
- We will complete a U.S. and International Patent Search on
your described invention within 2 weeks of our receiving the appropriate
search fee and a sufficient description of the invention. To be clear,
the Normal Patent Search does not cover, expired patents, or non-patent
publications (e.g., news, journal, and magazine articles).
- The search will have at least the following standard caveats
due to limitations in the U.S. And International Patent and Trademark
Office's (USPTO) and WIPO patent databases:
- Unfortunately, with over 40 million world-wide patents and published
applications, and database/searching limitations and/or errors,
no one can guarantee a patent search, not even the Patent Office.
- Patents issued from 1790 through 1975 are searchable only by patent
number and current US classifications. Thus, searches for patents
prior to 1975 are made on a best-efforts basis, depending on the
nature of the invention.
- Current US Patent Classification data in the Database may not
necessarily match the classification data appearing in the original
- Changes to patent documents contained in Certificates of Correction
and Reexaminations Certificates are not searchable.
- Neither assignment changes nor address changes recorded at the
Patent Office are reflected in the patent database.
- Because patent classes and subclasses are used in some aspects
of the search, it is entirely possible that some very pertinent
patents have been misclassified, and hence potentially missed.
- Only issued patents and published patent applications are searchable
outside a patent office. A secret pending application
may exist (e.g., for at least 18 months, and sometimes all the way
until issuance) that the examiner could assert against your application.
- References may be sometimes missed when buried within hundreds
that are obscured by using nonstandard terms and/or generic, or
even misleading, titles/abstracts, or figures.
- We will provide you a Search Report identifying the most relevant
documents found, and the basic relevance of these documents to your
invention, suitable for a patentability opinion to be rendered thereon.
- You understand that that neither of submitting this form with or without
subsequent payment, nor submitting invention disclosure(s), nor receiving
an initial consultation, nor communicating by phone or email creates
an attorney/agent-client relationship. All acts under this service are
understood not to create an attorney/agent-client relationship and,
therefore, are not an attorney/agent-client communication.
Moreover, you must acknowledge that you understand and accept the Service
NOTICE: The email address
submitted with your payment must be valid for us to provide you
order confirmation and instructions to fulfill your request.