Patent searches can provide valuable information in the process of securing your rights, and assess the potentially conflicting rights of others. This can assist in determining what protection you may secure for yourself and whether you are free to proceed with your commercial plans.

Regular patent watches can be conducted to keep you up to date with developments in your field or with specific competitors' patenting activities. This is of relevance to all categories of intellectual property.

Before launching a new product or brand it is usually worthwhile investigating whether anyone else's rights could hinder your plans. We can co-ordinate relevant searches and advise on their relevance.

Trade mark searches can also give valuable insight into competitors' brands whether or not in current use.

Public databases of registered rights are available (see our links page for some) but it is advisable to have searches conducted by experienced professionals.