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For Intellectual Property (IP) Patent and non-patent searches including – Patentability, Freedom To Operate (FTO), Patent and Design Busting, State of the Art, and Competitive Intelligence searches. Patent and Non-Patent literature searches using multiple databases worldwide. For further info email: [email protected].

Whether you are looking to develop, launch, import or export a new product we provide specialist searches covering all technologies. Our patent, design and trade mark search services can be tailored, which allows us to meet individual client needs.

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Our standard return times are 5-7 working days for Toe in the Water Searches and 7-10 working days for Prior to Filing / Patentability / Novelty Searches from booking in. If your search is urgent or if you have any queries, please email [email protected].
VAT will be added to the prices below for UK clients.

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Our Search Services Include:

Initial Idea evaluation – Toe in the Water Search

Toe in the Water searches are two, three, or four-hour searches carried out on a worldwide commercial database. They are beneficial during an invention evaluation process and can help decide if further analysis of the IP is required. Our clients will use these searches for an initial look to see if inventions are dead-ends or worth pursuing further.

Prior to Filing / Patentability / NoveltyRequest a Bespoke Quote

Is your invention new and inventive? We search patent and/or non-patent literature published before your invention. This provides information to help determine the viability of your invention thus giving you an informed decision on you whether should invest in filing a patent application.

Infringement / Freedom to Operate / ClearanceRequest a Quote

Anyone wishing to manufacture, import/export and/or sell products will need to consider whether they are free to operate. An infringement search helps to identify the risk of your invention infringing an existing patent in the relevant country/countries and therefore the risk of litigation. 

(These searches can often be called FTO searches).

Invalidity / Patent & Design Busting / Strength analysisRequest a Quote

If you are being accused of violating a patent or concerned about an existing patent, an invalidity search can help you determine if that patent is valid. This can provide valuable information to support your defence. If you are being targeted by a patent (accused of infringing a patent), this search (also known as a patent busting search), can assist you in attempting to invalidate the patent.

This search can also be used to evaluate the strength of your own patent before launching it or enforcing it. Additionally, it can be used to assess the worth of a patent you are thinking of purchasing.

(These searches are also referred to as Validity searches).

State of the Art / CollectionRequest a Quote

This is a broad search collecting together patents relating to how competitors have tried to solve a particular problem over a time period. It categorises the patents and gives the full details of them. This is useful in the early stages of research to identify areas lacking in development or those that have been heavily developed. Thus helping to avoid the problem of wasting funds on research (e.g. reinventing the wheel), allowing research to be applied in those areas that could prove most productive.

Patent, Design & Trade Mark Watching (Monitoring)Request a Quote

This search allows you to keep track of your competitors’ patent applications. This can be carried out on a regular basis customised to your requirements.

Company or Inventor Name searchRequest a Quote

Find out what patents or designs a company or inventor owns.

Company InvestigationRequest a Quote

Carry out this search to find out what different names a company might be using on their patents or designs. E.g. A patent may be under a subsidiary of a company and this may be why you are unable to locate it.

Status Check

Carry out this search to check if a patent or design is alive or dead and where it is in the lifecycle.

Our Search Services Provide:

Global coverage

We undertake worldwide IP searches for clients in the UK and from further afield including but not limited to the EU, US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, Singapore and Japan. We provide global coverage using multiple databases, including specialist subject specific databases. This allows us to provide an accurate and tailored search service at a cost effective price.

Use of multiple databases

We use a number of free and commercial patent and non-patent databases covering worldwide sources.


Our powerful suite of databases is combined with our technical and searching expertise, as a result you will be assured of search reports that are thorough, accurate and based upon the best literature available in the world. We specifically design our reports to help save you valuable review time.

Subject areas covered

At PatWorld we are experts in providing searches in the following subject matter:

search for patents, patent translation, patent filing number

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Our flexible service can be customised to the way you work, your exact research outcomes and your budgetary requirements. Clients include patent, design and trademark attorneys, corporate IP departments, entrepreneurs and inventors. Each use our services in different ways to maximise savings on time and money without compromising on quality.
We can even share your project and results using PatWorld (if appropriate).

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PatWorld Global IP Research Services

Patent, Design, and Trademark Research Experts with a combined experience of over 100 years in Intellectual Property searching. Highly trained, dynamic in-house research teams specialising in a wide range of subject matter. All our analysts follow a training program developed by former IPO Examiners. Our teams are available to discuss any specific technical points regarding your search enquiries.