How do I select the right prior-art search professional?

  Key questions to ask while hiring a professional/firm to perform prior-art searches. A patentability search and analysis are carried out to ensure that an invention would meet the novelty and non-obviousness requirements for obtaining a patent. However, such search and analysis would not be effective unless claimable subject matter is identified correctly. A patent agent or attorney needs to thereafter determine the breadth of the claimable matter by examining the disclosure along with the prior art identified in the search in order to complete the analysis. A patent cannot claim something that already exists or is apparent on combining

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