International Novelty Search (£)

A systematic classification based search aimed at determining
the novelty / patentability of a new invention

Report completed within 15 working days

ZONE Countries / bodies covered Price (£)
Europe BE, CH, DE, EP, FR, GB, NL, SE, WO 500
US US, WO 500
Asia CN, HK, JP, KR, SG, TW, WO 500
Two Zones Any two of the above zones 750
All Zones Additionally includes: AU, CA, NZ, RU (SU), ZA 1,000
Non-patent Literature Free internet sources (e.g. Google Scholar) 200

An invention disclosure, draft application, claim set or similar, plus any prior art (if available).


The emphasis is on classification-based searches according to one or more of the IPC, CPC (ECLA replacement), or USPC headings. Classes-in-combination, or keyword / class combinations may be considered in order to fit the strategy within the constraints of the budget. Citation searches may also be used to complement the above techniques. In addition, keyword combination searches are conducted through full texts and / or abstracts to check / supplement the classification-based search. Non-patent searches will be by keyword only, and limited to review of onscreen articles.


Patents in full text and / or abstract format are accessed through PatBase, the database developed by RWS and Minesoft covering more than 45 million patent families with publications from over 100 issuing authorities: US, WO, EP, GB, DE, FR, CN, JP and many more. Internet sources such as Google Scholar, or free-to-use technology-specific databases, will be the resource for non-patent literature.



  • All relevant and marginal publications located with technical comments as to relevance or otherwise.
  • Patent family information, with representative abstract and image (where readily available).
  • Details of the strategy employed (periods, countries, class definitions etc.).
  • Recommendations for extension of the search (if appropriate).
  • Patent pdf copies.
Delivery Reports delivered by email, with an ftp link to pdf copies.

International Novelty Search Order Form

Key Assets

  • Over 50 years experience
  • In-house team of technically qualified multidisciplinary researchers
  • Worldwide coverage
  • Expertise in all technical areas
  • Extensive range of search tools and resources
  • ISO 9001 accredited procedures

Key Services

Patent / Design Searches:

Validity / Infringement /
Novelty / State-of-the-Art /
Structure / Sequence

Non-Patent Literature Searches

Patent / Design Watches:

Subject Matter / Class / Name / Status

Documentation Supply:

Patent Filewrappers / Non-patent Literature / Patent Status

PatBase patent database:

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