advisable to use professional patent search services if you can afford them.
Such services typically include:
A PATLIB (PATent
LIBrary) centre. A joint initiative of the national patent offices of the EPO member states and their
regional patent information centres, the PATLIB network consists of over 320
centres throughout Europe. Qualified and experienced staff can provide a range
of search and other information services.
searches offered by many libraries and business information services. Many of
these are provided at low cost as a public service, but may not be performed by
qualified or experienced patent searchers.
search services offered by national Patent Offices. Options and costs may vary.
search service providers. There are several major companies in this market, and
many smaller specialist consultancies. See, for example, the members of PATCOM . Fees and services vary, so
by patent attorneys. Fees usually vary according to the type of search you
need. A patent attorney will also be able to help you interpret your search
findings. This is the real skill in