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Patent searches can give you a reasonable head start in research and development, to see and understand the state of the art, so that you can improve upon it and make wise R&D investment decisions.
plan to manufacture or
a product, someone else's patent may become a source of
liability. Check and see if there are any existing
patents covering all, or part, of a product before
manufacturing or importing it.
find out if your idea is already
patented, let us perform a patent search for you. Chances are
there is something out there that will limit the boundaries of what you
can claim as your invention. After all, most patent applications
just describe improvements on existing technology, which has not yet
In the USA, title C of Patent Law, No. 106-113, provides a limited defense against patent infringement to inventors who developed and used a business method prior to that method being patented by another party.
We offer full text and class by class patent searches of inventions on the US and Canadian patent databases.
have online access to US patents issued
since 1790 and to Canadian patents and applications filed since
Patents filed in the past 18 months in
Canada or elsewhere are secret and may cause future surprises.
method patent searches are available from $999 + HST.
will vary, as some areas of technology
have a plethora of issued and pending patents.
searchers, David Michaels, J.D., B.Eng., has a 4 year Bachelor of
Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has programming experience in
C and Fortran. He has studied business at York University and patent
law at McGill University. He has a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
degree from the University of Honolulu School of Law.
Note: Exhaustive searches may run as high as $20,000 - especially when trying to debunk a patent in popular areas of technology.
Patentability and infringement opinions may be given after a search has been completed, for an additional fee. Prices depend on the issues to be examined.
Canadian Harmonized Goods
and Services Tax (HST) does not apply to patent searches for
clients, however, it does apply to efiling their Canadian patent
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