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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MaxVal’s Max-IDS: New Features Make It Easier Than Ever For Your Team To Manage Information Disclosures

Max-IDS is MaxVal’s cloud-based, hosted, Information Disclosure/Reference Management solution.  Max-IDS is much more than a form generator.  Max-IDS stores your references in a centralized database together with information about the cases citing each reference. This promotes consistency, reduces confusion and makes ad-hoc solutions (such as individual spreadsheets) unnecessary. MaxVal is constantly looking for ways to improve Max-IDS.  Based on user feedback, we have recently added the following enhancements to Max-IDS: Reference source comments Reference comparison chart enhancement Case and Group functionality Reference Source Comments Max-IDS helps you keep your references organized.  Reference “Source Comments” are tags users can assign to

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