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Design Patent Preliminary Search
For clients interested in applying for a design patent, a preliminary patent search can help estimate the likelihood that their design patent will be granted by a patent authority. For an article to be eligible for a design patent in the United States, the article’s design must be new, original and not an obvious take on an existing design in the eyes of an “ordinary observer.” Design patent searches reveal the existing designs that could preclude a client from patenting theirs based on this ordinary observer test. Similarly, if it is likely that an ordinary observer would not be able to tell the difference between a client’s product and another item protected by a design patent, the client’s manufacture and sale of their product become the basis of a patent infringement lawsuit. Patent searches can reveal geographic areas where patent protections exist that should be avoided in the client’s operations.
More Effective Design Patent Searches
Image Grid View
Most patent databases provide a text-dominant list of search results, often with zero visual clues as to a patented design’s appearance. This leaves searchers clicking through many individual links to access patent images. TotalPatent One users can view search results as a grid of patent images, which enables them to quickly identify results that could impact a client’s design patentability.
Side Panel Preview With Links
When browsing through a TotalPatent One search results list, a single click on a result brings up a side panel displaying document images and other critical information about the underlying document. The side panel even contains links to the patent references that are cited as prior art within the document, helping guide patent researchers to other potentially relevant patent documents.
Selective Exports With Images
What good is a patent search if it is difficult to share your findings? Of course, TotalPatent One provides users with the option to print any patent document they find using the platform, but what sets TotalPatent One apart from other search tools is the ability to pick and choose the information to be extracted and print from patent records. User-selected patent information can be exported in several different formats (including CSV, Excel®, Word, PDF and HTML) that even incorporate clippings of design patent images.
Utility patents may get most of the attention in the patent world, but the TotalPatent One patent search platform has always kept design patent searches in mind. TotalPatent One helps patent professionals quickly identify relevant design patent search results and easily share those results with clients and colleagues.
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