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Bibliographic search

A bibliographic search includes several different searches conducted in various databases based on basic patent data. For example, a name search, a status search, and a family search. Such searches are generally conducted in the exploratory phase, and they provide a wealth of information.

Name search

This search provides insight into the legal patent activities of a competitor applicant or inventor.

Status search

A status search indicates the status of a patent or patent application in a certain country. V.O. has a global network to perform this service.

Family search

A patent family search is conducted when it is unknown whether there are related (equivalent) patent applications and/or granted patents in other countries.