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(aka Prior Art or Novelty searches)

Why do I need to conduct a patentability search?

One of the primary criteria in determining if an invention is patentable is whether or not it is novel.  Searching for prior art similar to your invention should be one of the first steps in the patenting process and can easily save considerable investments in time and money.  If prior art does exist, there is no need to waste time and money filing a patent… you need to make some changes first.

What is included in a patentability search?

Since any existing prior art may prevent you from obtaining a patent for your invention, Mc2 does not limit its searching to any jurisdiction or country.  Using the details of your invention, Mc2 will search the world’s patent and non-patent literature to identify any references similar to your invention.

Mc2 databases search both English-language and machine translations of foreign-language patents. 


Our patentability reports provide the following:

  • a review of the search methodology including a combination of key terms and relevant patent classifications

  • details about the search findings (information similar to your invention will be highlighted)

  • reference information including links to available full image patents

  • our non-legal opinion as to the patentability of your invention


Whether you need just a preliminary knockout search to identify obvious prior art, or a more in-depth detailed prior art search, Mc2 will customize your patentability report to your requirements.  

How long does a patentability search take?

Patentability search reports are typically delivered in 5 to 7 business days.

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