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Convinced by Patent Pending or Will They Search Before Licensing Your Invention?

When you approach a potential purchaser or licensee of your invention, the potential purchaser or licensee might do their own research to determine whether they think you are likely to obtain a patent. They can do that in the same way that you can do it, by performing a novelty search on your invention.

Consider again the case of Penalty Kick Management v. Coca-Cola Company, 318 F.3d 1284 (11th Cir. 2003), which I discussed yesterday. Penalty Kick Management (PKM) wanted to license its Magic Windows invention to Coca-Cola. And Coca-Cola was interested to the point of proposing to pay PKM $1 million plus a per label royalty for an exclusive global license. Not bad.

The Magic Windows invention consisted of “a scrambled message on the inside of a beverage container …

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The US Patent Application Process Flow Chart

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Seeking a patent is not a file it and forget it endeavor. Instead, it involves a process where work is likely required in multiple phases. The process of obtaining a utility patent in the US generally involves novelty searching, application drafting, waiting for the patent office to review the application, and negotiating with the patent office about the scope of patent protection. Each of those phases is shown in the U.S. Patent Application Process flow chart above, which I will describe in more detail below.

Patent Novelty Search

The first question is whether or not to have a patent novelty search performed. A patent novelty search is designed to tell you the likelihood of obtaining a patent on your invention. You are not required to have a search performed …

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How to Patent Search

PatentSearchCan I patent this invention? One of the first steps in the patent process is to determine whether you can obtain a patent on the invention. The heavy lifting of this determination is a patentability search, also known as a patent novelty search. The purpose of the search is to give you information on whether your invention is new and therefore patentable. Can you do that search yourself?

Searching Yourself v. Professional Searching

Yes, but patent searching is an art that you get better at with repeated practice. Therefore, a professional patent searcher is likely to uncover results that you did not find given the professional searcher’s experience, access to search tools, and knowledge of searching techniques.

However, you may like to perform patent searching on your own because you could identify relevant …

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