A patent ability search involves searching the prior art, in order to determine whether filing your patent application makes sense. INNEON has developed a simplified patent search utility focused on environmental inventions. This tool is based on the Espacenet search utility, applying the WIPO IPC Green Inventory to all available patents and grouping results according to a specific thematic hierarchy. Only international patents are included within this tool.
- Select the Area, Subarea and Topic that best fits your invention (compulsory fields).
- It is strongly recommended to add characteristic keywords which will be searched within the patent title or title + abstract text. You can enter up to ten search terms.
- If you don’t add a time interval to your search, only the most recent patents will be displayed. Thus, if you are interested in previous patents, please set the necessary date range in the Publication Date field.
Finally, select the patent type you are interested in: registered (very recent; not published yet) or published.
Once you submit your search query, results will be displayed on a separate window. The information provided here includes:
- Title, which also offers a direct link to Espacenet patent description.
- CPC: the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, in force from 1st January 2013, is a bilateral system which has been jointly developed by the EPO and the USPTO.
- IPC: the International Patent Classification system (IPC), established by the Strasbourg Agreement in 1971, is a hierarchical system which uses language-independent symbols to classify patents and utility models according to the area of technology to which they relate.
- Publication info: a European patent application is published as soon as possible, after the expiry of a period of eighteen months from the date of filing or, if priority has been claimed, from the date of priority.
- Priority date: the first filing date is known as the priority date.