A wide variety of factors determine the quality of a patent search. We provide you with the maximum possible guarantee by ensuring superior quality at each individual stage. This includes starting with a precise understanding of the search objective so that you are provided with the result you need to be able to make your decisions.
|Location||Bern, Switzerland. ip-search Patent and Technology Searches are a service of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.|
|Data security||As a state institution, we are bound by confidentiality. Exchange of documents via electronic mail boxes (ip-search box). Encrypted emails.|
|Staff||Around 50 search experts with a university degree, most with a doctorate. Many years of industry experience and trained in patent examination.|
Native languages: German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Persian and Chinese.
Foreign languages: Japanese, Arabic, Dutch, Swedish, Ukrainian, Turkish and Portuguese.
|Experience||More than 1800 searches carried out annually, the first online search 30 years ago.|
Quality control (the four eyes principle) for the search objective, search strategy, document selection and search report.
Defined processes for document retention, correspondence and search procedure. Feedback system.
|Databases||More than 300 databases for patent and scientific literature (European Patent Office search system, STN, Thomson Innovation, PatBase, GenomeQuest, SequenceBase, Reaxys).|
|Search services||Freedom-to-Operate Search (FTO), Validity Search, Subject Search, Strategic Patent Analysis, Bibliographic Search as well as Technology Monitoring and Legal Status Monitoring.|