Patentability / Novelty Search

Patents are expensive. Once you add up the costs of the patent office, the professional fee of the patent attorney, the charges of patent writing, the technical patent drawings/illustrations, and the maintenance fees, they can cost thousands. Getting a professional patentability search (a.k.a. novelty search) done by Menteso IP (a patent search company headquartered in San Jose, CA, USA) can save you that money on something you can not patent.

Since its inception in 2010, Menteso IP is performing a rigorous analysis of ideas and inventions. We have completed 5000+ novelty/patentability search projects for our clients around the world.

Silicon India, a technology & business magazine, listed Menteso IP among “Top 20 Most Promising Patent & Trademark Law Service Providers” of 2018. Get your patentability searches done by the trusted and most promising patent search firm, the “Menteso IP.”


What is a Patentability or Novelty Search?

Patentability/Novelty Search is a process of digging through all prior patents to make sure nobody has filed a similar invention. The government refers to this as a “Prior Art Search.” (“Art” as in “state of the art,” not artwork).

Why is Patentability Search conducted?

Patentability search (also known as novelty search) is performed to evaluate if the concerned invention meets four essential requirements, i.e., it should be 1. eligible by law, 2. must be new, 3. should be non-obvious, and 4. should be useful.

How to perform patentability search?

Solution B: Do it yourself.
Solution A: Use Menteso IP Professional Patent Search Services.

B: If you wish to do it yourself, we would highly recommend using 7 step USPTO search process. (

1. Brainstorm terms
2. Use USPTO website search box
3. Use CPC Classification
4. Retrieve US Patent Documents
5. Perform in-depth review
6. Retrieve US Published Applications
7. Broaden your search to non-US patent databases

A. Alright, you understood that option B is confusing, and it will chew up more time and brainpower, and it won’t be 100% satisfactory. Just get in touch with Menteso IP and relax. You’ll soon have a solution on your table.

What is the cost of professional patent search?

The cost of patentability search varies depending upon the search requirements. It may range from $249 to $1000 or higher depending on the technology, complexity, and urgency, etc.

How long does it take to perform a patent search?

A quick Knock-Out Patentability Search (KOS) takes 1 to 2 days.
A comprehensive search with detailed analysis might take 3 to 4 business days.

What are the common patent prior art search tools?

Common patent search databases include patent office databases, paid databases including Thomson Innovation, Questel and PatBase as well as free databases including Google Patents, Free Patents Online, and Pair. See the full list of databases.