In order for an invention to be patented or registered as a design, it must be new, in other words, it must not already exist in the current state of the art. The consultants of ABM, Agenzia Brevetti e Marchi [Agency for Patents and Trademarks], conduct all necessary prior art searchesat our firm in Pisa.
In order to ascertain the innovation requirement, searches are conducted on private and public databases worldwide private or public, such as:
European Patent Office
US Patent Office
Japanese Patent Office
Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (for design)
World Organisation for Industrial Property (for design)
These databases contain all patents, registrations and registration and patent applications made available to the public in a given field. Visit our Links section to find links to the websites of these databases.
The documents must be examined to single out the characteristics that may make the invention that is to be patented or registered as a design different, to verify the existence of innovation.
It is clear, however, that the results of these searches do not contain data of any pre-disclosures such as scientific publications, conference proceedings, acts of exposure in exhibitions, sales to the public, documents already filed pending publication, and so on. These actions interfere with the validity of the patent or registration.