Prior Art Searches | Intellectual Property Research Solutions

Capability Overview

With nearly five million patents and trademarks being filed annually, intellectual property as a strategic resource has gained significance over the last two decades and resultantly, both patent owners and innovators have a lot at stake when it comes to defining R&D focus, planning international product launches and managing or protecting inventions.

We perform searches relating to novelty / patentability / state-of-the art, FTO/clearance search, invalidation / validity / nullity / revocation searches and analysis relating to infringement. Aranca’s expertise is leveraged by patent agents, attorneys, patent managers, IP counsel and information specialists at enterprises, law firms, Universities, tech transfer firms and research institutes. Our key differentiators include:

  • Track record encompassing several thousand prior art searches across ten core sectors and 250+ technology domains
  • Highly qualified team comprising of technical personnel with engineering degrees and para-legal experts; trained by US & European patent attorneys
  • Well defined search strategies for every assignment covering both patent databases and other data sources like scientific journals and technical literature
  • Ability to conduct searches across 70 jurisdictions
  • Over 10 languages through a network of language interpreters

Assignment Examples

Automotive

  • Novelty search related to locking mechanism for glove-boxes for a leading automotive part manufacturer in Europe
  • State-of-Art search for design of weakening element used in the deployment of airbag for a leading automotive part manufacturer in Europe
  • FTO search for design of engine cylinders for a Europe based engine manufacturer
  • Invalidity search related to gear design for automatic transmission systems for a US law firm

Chemical & Chemical Engineering

  • Novelty search related to rejuvenating agents derived from specific petroleum product for leading biorefiner in UK
  • Novelty search related to polyamide aerogels for a leading technology research university in the US
  • Freedom to operate analysis related to the production of a specific organic acid for internationally renowned multi-disciplinary firm in Canada
  • FTO study related to catalyst structure for one of the largest chemical companies in Europe
  • Invalidation Search related to chemical compositions derived from silicon for one of the largest chemical companies in Europe
  • Novelty search related to film forming concentrates for a leading producer and refiner of pine chemicals in UK
  • Invalidation search related to catalyst for a global leader in catalysts and technology solution in Denmark
  • Prior Art search related to the application of specific chemicals in skin products for a company based in the US
  • Novelty search related to nano fibers for a textile company based in Europe

Electronics

  • Invalidity search related to semiconductor wafers for a large Europe based semiconductor manufacturing company
  • Novelty search related to a processor enabled motor for a leading power solutions provider in the US
  • Novelty Search report related to an electronic virtual leash for a leading law firm in the USA

Energy

  • Invalidation search related to bio-ethanol fuel for a Swedish automotive company

Food Technologies

  • Novelty search related to enhanced saltiness in bread for a firm providing specialist advice in the field of intellectual property in Netherlands
  • Invalidity search related to animal feed, for a leading law firm in Europe
  • State-of-the-art search related to weight management for an organization focused on interdisciplinary research in food and nutrition in Netherlands
  • State-of-the-art search related to muscle mass preservation for a research organization in Europe
  • Novelty search for composition containing unique protein constituents for controlling the viscosity of products for an organization focused on interdisciplinary research in food and nutrition in Netherlands
  • Prior Art search for polymers used in nutrient delivery for a leading food company in Germany
  • Novelty search for pet food compositions for a leading animal health care company in the US

IT & Computing

  • Novelty search related to pictor- diagnostic testing platform for a New Zealand based commercialization firm
  • Novelty search related to bubble chat for a leading law firm in Canada

Life Sciences

  • Invalidity search related to detection and identification of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) of MREJ type xi' for a marketing and technology leader in molecular diagnostics and sample management in the US
  • Novelty search related to pulmonary vascular resistance tool to avoid heart failure, for a law firm in Europe
  • Novelty search related to teat disinfectants for a leading animal dairy products manufacturing company in the US
  • Novelty search related to systolic contraction assessment for a law firm in Sweden
  • Novelty search related to blood seal for a law firm in Sweden
  • State-of-the-art search related to the use of a traditionally cultivated plant for a French company specializing in luxury goods
  • Prior art search related to nucleic acid isolation from the biological sample for an international patent law firm in Munich
  • Novelty search related to identity preservation of dicotyledonous seed for a world-leading agri-biotechnology company
  • Freedom to operate search related to medical ventilators for a manufacturing giant in Switzerland
  • Analysis of tests with different sensitivities in one device for a molecular diagnostic company based in the US
  • Invalidation search for gradient polymeric composition for a leading global law firm based in the US
  • Novelty search for lipophilic composition containing testosterone derivatives for a leading pharmaceutical company in the US
  • Invalidity search for a composition containing plant extract for a leading FMCG company in France
  • Invalidity search for antimicrobial composition containing specific alcohol based ingredients for an FMCG company in Europe
  • Freedom to operate analysis for pour-on composition containing insecticides against animal parasites for a leading animal health care company in the US
  • Novelty search for HFOV device with a closed loop control for a global organization in the field of Life Sciences and Medical Technology in the US
  • State of art search for methods of modifying fruit ripening enzyme for a leading agriculture company in Switzerland
  • Patentability Search in the field of carbon aerogels for a renowned university in the US
  • Implantable Medical Device Using Vibrational Telemetry for a patent firm in Sweden

Mechanical Engineering

  • Novelty search related to a locking mechanism of a container lid for a leading automotive R&D and solution provider
  • Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) search related to wear resistant hot rolled steels in India and China for a global firm
  • Novelty study and FTO analysis related to manufacturing of dental bridge superstructure by rapid prototyping technique for a leading organization associated with dental implants
  • Invalidity search related to cutting tools for a large Europe based cutting tool manufacturing company

Pharmaceutical

  • Invalidity Search related to human monoclonal antibodies for a company engaged in research, development, manufacture and marketing of healthcare products in Austria
  • FTO related to manufacturing of Insulin-like Growth Factor, for a law firm in Sweden
  • FTO related to blood analysis apparatus for investigating malaria parasites, for a law firm in Sweden
  • Freedom to operate search related to lipophilic composition containing testosterone derivatives, for a leading Pharmaceutical firm in the US
  • Prior art search related to delayed release composition containing testosterone derivatives, for a leading pharmaceutical firm in the US
  • Freedom to operate search related to use of plant extract in treating inflammatory diseases, for a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland
  • Freedom to operate study related to insulin like growth factor, for a leading legal firm based in Sweden
  • State of art search for skin care composition, for a leading FMCG company in France

Telecom

  • Invalidation search related to fiber optic cables including multiple optical fibers and reinforced with a mutually abutting and helically extending metal wires, for a leading fiber optic cable manufacturing company in Europe
  • Patentability search for an e-commerce platform for one of the leading law firms in New York
  • FTO search related to RF tag in bag lock at airport terminal for a leading aircraft manufacturer in the US
  • Novelty search related to connected car ICE processor for a leading mobile platform supplier
  • Prior art search related to coherent switching of gnss bands for a leading mobile technology company mainly provides GPS receiver modules and chips, GPS software, 2G/3G/ 3.5G modem.

Case Studies

Project:
Invalidation search (sequence analysis) for a specific microbial ORF region

Client:
A Germany based molecular diagnostics firm was interested in an invalidation study related to a microbial ORF consensus region of four sequences

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Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) for microbial production of a chemical in seven jurisdictions

Client:
A North American law firm engaged Aranca to conduct an FTO study on the production of a chemical compound (using microbial species) in seven jurisdictions

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Patentability search for use of a drug molecule in pet food

Client:
A global organization in animal health domain engaged Aranca to conduct a patentability search for use of drug molecule in pet food

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State-of-art search related to compositions for weight management

Client:
A European food research organization engaged Aranca for a state-of-art search related to compositions containing specific constituents specified by client for use in weight management

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Novelty search relating to design of optic fiber cable

Client:
A European manufacturer of cables engaged Aranca for novelty search relating to design of optic fiber cable

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Claim chart analysis related to online transaction system and device

Client:
A global patent brokerage firm engaged Aranca for claim chart analysis relating to online transaction system and device