There is no point in investing in a supposedly new idea if, in fact, it is not new.
On the other hand, it is often not necessary to invest a lot of money in a full patent search initially.
Often an idea can be found relatively quickly and this enables you to take the decision not to proceed further.
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."Abraham Lincoln - Inventor of a device to lift boats over shoals
Our Preliminary Feasibility Study service is a product and patent search for relevant published materials. We run these concurrently and they tend to ‘dovetail’ together.
A company that manufactures a relevant (but not identical) product may well have taken out patents that are similar to your own project. In the same way, a company -or individual- with relevant patents may have set up a business to manufacture these. As long as the data is published there is a good chance we can find it. If we can’t find anything then this enables you to move on to the next stages.
We use our own unique patent search software and the patent and product searches are integrated.
The objective of the study is not to provide you with a copy of every patent document that has ever been filed that might possibly relate to your idea, but to establish, to a reasonable degree of certainty, if it already exists and thus if it is worth investing any further in the idea.
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Frank Richardson - tidal power project
We have other research expertise and can source suppliers, research papers and specialists.
Research for licensing
We can research companies that can be approached. We use a commercial database that provides data such as:
This data can be very helpful when you want to know if a company might be worth approaching.
Research for manufacturing
We can undertake research into the best way to manufacture your product and what the costs are likely to be.
Do you have a business idea but you don’t know how to check if it is really viable?
As part of your business planning, you will need to acquire relevant data to support your proposals. We can help with this. We have been undertaking research for many years and can source essential details for you. This can be information about products or patents, businesses or research results.