Guiding Clients Through The Patent Search Process

The Law Offices of Roland Tong offers various patent searching services, depending on your purpose. They include novelty search, accelerated examination search, freedom-to-operate search, and patent search for validity studies. The firm's standard turn-around time is typically 10 working days, but they have a 5-day or 24-hour expedited search service if needed. Complete an online contact form or call 949-298-7840 to schedule a consultation at the firm's Irvine area offices.

Novelty Search

The Law Offices of Roland Tong offers novelty searching to allow you find relevant prior art and determine whether your invention can be patented. The firm's attorneys use the Examiner's Application Search Tool (EAST) at the Alexandria Public Search Room. This is the same system that Patent Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) use when examining your patent application. EAST allows them to perform class and subclass searching with full integrity. They typically combine class and subclass searching with Keyword and Boolean search strategies to obtain quality results. They also use the Patent Image Retrieval tool.

The firm's lawyers typically access the USPTO, EPO, JPO, and Derwent Patent World Index (DWPI) and the US Published Patent Application databases in doing their novelty searches. They may search the Examiner's foreign art collection when available. They provide you with a patent attorney-written patentability opinion as well as copies of all the relevant references we found.

Accelerated Examination Search

If you want to submit your application through the accelerated examination program, the firm's lawyers can provide you with accelerated examination searches.

Freedom To Operate Search

The firm's attorneys also offer freedom-to-operate searches if you want to assess the risk of your product infringing an active patent. They can complement their search with a freedom-to-operate opinion, which may help you disprove allegations of willful infringement in the future.

Patent Search for Validity Studies

If you are threatened or accused of infringement, the firm's lawyers can search for patents that can invalidate the patent(s) being asserted. They may use additional databases besides the USPTO, EPO, JPO, and Derwent Patent World Index (DWPI) and US Published Patent Application databases. For instance, they may use internet postings, publications of government research facilities, such as the Library of Congress, NIH, and FDA, and publications from various foreign patent offices.

Contact A Lawyer For Help With All Of Your Patent Law Needs

The Law Offices of Roland Tong handles patent, trademark, and other intellectual property needs for clients in Orange County and throughout Southern California. For further information about the firm's patent search services, please complete an online contact form or call 949-298-7840 today.