Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long have you been in business?
    We have been doing patent research since 2004, and we have been in business selling research to independent inventors and patent professionals since the spring of 2005.  In that time we completed over 5,000 patent searches.
  • What resources do you use for your patent searches?
    We have access to the USPTO public search room facilities, which give us the ability to use EAST and DERWENT.  In addition, we have our own proprietary software PSV.
  • What is PSV?
    PSV is our main search tool. This software has been designed to assist searchers in staying organized and focused throughout research. It allows us to look at large collections of references without fatigue.  And it’s patent pending! Learn more about PSV here.
  • Can I trust a service that is priced so much lower?
    Yes! Our prices are lower because we are more efficient. When you pay more for a patent search, often what you’re really paying for is data entry and printing.  You’re paying someone to type and print, not to search.  We automate all of the data entry work, and we deliver our reports electronically, so there is no need to print and ship boxes of documents to you.
  • What is your typical turnaround time?
    We can return patentability searches in 3-5 business days. Specialty searches — freedom to operate, state of the art, validity — require 10-15 business days.