State of the Art Search

Save on research and development costs and find out what is being patented in your field.

  • Have you encountered a problem during development and need to know how others have solved it? Are you looking for inspiration? Would you like to know what is being patented by your competitors or what patents exists in your field?
  • Then a State of the Art Search is a useful tool that will help you find the right direction and save R&D costs.

When is the best time to perform this search?

  • You need to solve a particular technical problem
  • You are starting development and want to build on current best practice
  • You want to save on your own research and development costs
  • You are looking for new partners to work with
  • You want an overview of competitors’ patents and patents in your field to make informed decisions about the future direction of your development

What is the outcome of the search?

With a State of the Art Search, it depends on what your needs are – we can adapt it to suit them.
The outcome can be an overview of:

  • the closest similar solutions
  • the existing solutions in your field
  • the patent portfolios of competitors
  • relevant documents in both patent and non-patent literature (including references to the original version, machine translation, filing date, owner details, active territories, etc.)

In addition, you will also always receive a record of the search strategy employed.

How much does the search cost?

In some rapidly developing technical fields there may be more patent documents than in others, therefore more time is required for the search.

The cost of the search depends on:

  • the amount of documents that are found during the search
  • the desired outcome that you expect from the State of the Art Search.

What will we need from you?

It depends on what you need from the research. Depending on that, we’ll work out the basics It can be:

  • a description of the innovativeness of your solution
  • the technical field which you want an overview for
  • a list of competitors whose patent portfolios we are to analyse

The input information also varies depending on what you need from the search.

Our work together will involve the following steps:


Meeting in person/online

for an initial specialist consultation


Filling out our formh

with details about your technical solution


Agreement on a time allocation for the search


Initiating the search

in technical databases, registers, and other relevant materials


If at any point during the search we discover something that would represent a major turning point in the further process, we will immediately notify you and we will not continue the search.

  • Searches can only take into account disclosed documents, and disclosure normally takes place up to 18 months after rights applications have been filed. Therefore, no search can provide 100% certainty. However, we always proceed in such a way as to come as close as possible to that within the agreed time allocation.