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Novelty search

Novelty search is a central part of the patent process. When an individual inventor, company, or researcher wants to obtain a patent for a new invention, they must first ensure that a similar invention does not already exist.

A novelty search (also known as "patent search" or "prior art search") is a process where previously published patents, patent applications, publications, and other documents are searched to determine the novelty and patent eligibility of an invention.

In determining the novelty, inventiveness, and uniqueness of your idea, we quickly find aspects that, if properly justified, can lead to the acquisition of strong intellectual property rights – and the creation of a successful product. We determine whether your idea is new and whether there are any patent publications on the topic. A novelty search can be a complex and time-consuming process.

Why is a novelty search important?

  • To avoid duplications: Before investing time and money in the patent application process, you want to ensure that a similar invention has not already been patented. This saves resources and reduces risks.
  • To understand the market position: A novelty search allows you to see who else is active in the same field and what solutions they have developed.
  • To know the value of the invention: By understanding how your invention fits in relation to other patents, you can better assess its commercial value.

Anssi Mäki

European Patent Attorney, Team Leader

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