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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Twelve Things to Consider When Choosing a Patent Life Cycle Management Vendor

Partnering with a Patent Life cycle Management Company lets you outsource routine administrative responsibilities.  This allows you to focus your time and resources on strategy and achieving your business objectives.  It is a big commitment with a big payoff.  But how do you choose the right Patent Life Cycle Management Vendor? At MaxVal, based on the decade plus experience partnering with our clients, here are the vendor attributes that we found to be important for our clients in choosing a vendor. 1.  Vendor’s Vision and Mission Does the vendor have a clear mission and vision that aligns with your IP

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