Tech transfer teams’ IP challenges post-COVID-19 and beyond: part four, pre-filing searches – good investment or waste of money?

In part four of the series, we discuss ‘Pre-filing searches – good investment or waste of money?’.

When budgets and time are tight, are pre-filing patent searches really worthwhile? If searches are done, what are the benefits? If they are not, what are the risks? Whether or not to conduct pre-filing searches can seem like a straightforward issue, but careful consideration is required to fully appreciate the implications of searching, or not.

In part four, Patent Seekers’ Alec Griffiths joined Appleyard Lees partners Richard Bray and Ean Davies for a discussion of how to approach pre-filing searches, and the surprising intelligence and insights that search data can hold. 

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