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Five ways your company can benefit from patent searches

Did you know there are at least five different types of patent searches you can use to help your company? They include: (1) a search for competitors patents, (2) a clearance search, (3) a patentability search, (4) a right-to-use search and (5) a patent validity search. Each type of search has a different strategy and a different goal.

1. A search for competitors patents

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The goal of a clearance search is to uncover patents and patent application publications that are a potential infringement risk before a product is released. A clearance search is not perfect, but it increases the likelihood of avoiding a potential problem before a patent owner contacts you. Additionally, it is typically good practice t......

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Sheldon L. Wolfe is an attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and can be reached at

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