Prior art search

You will receive an individual offer for the prior art search at a fixed price of CHF 1'500.- plus VAT.

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Groundbreaking technical inventions have spawned many great companies. The basis for economic success is the protection of intellectual property via a patent. Unfortunately, not all inventions are patentable for a long time. Avoid unnecessary costs and clarify as early as possible through a prior art search whether your invention can be protected by a patent.


A proven patent expert with the necessary technical knowledge will examine your invention in detail and prepare a comprehensive report including an offer for the patent application.

When do I need a prior art search?

If you have invented something and want to know whether your invention is patentable, then this package is ideal for researching prior art in this field. With the clarification, you create the best conditions for the next step in patenting your invention.

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Who needs the prior art search process? 

Anyone can be an inventor! This package is aimed at private individuals, start-ups, SMEs and large companies.


How long does the search take?

A search to determine any relevant prior art takes about two weeks after the relevant documents have been submitted. Our experts will contact you immediately after accepting the offer to discuss the next steps.


What do I get?

We search specialised databases for the relevant prior art in the technical, chemical or biological field of your invention and provide you with a report containing the relevant documents identified and our assessment of the patentability of your invention.

How much does the package cost?

You will receive an individual offer for the prior art search at a fixed price of 1,500 CHF plus VAT.

Do you have special requests or circumstances that should be taken into account? Mention them in the free text box in the request form

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What do I need to know about the prior art search?

It is very important that you do not make your invention public until you have a patent application. Any disclosure (conference, exhibition, offer, etc.) can forestall the novelty of your invention and prevent its patentability. Therefore, always apply for a patent first and then present your invention publicly.

Any new and inventive technical solution to a technical problem can be protected by a patent.

The prior art search is used to determine the patentability of your invention. Based on the results of the search, a decision can be made as to whether a patent application should be filed. So if the search reveals that your invention is not new, considerable costs can be saved.

The technical documents must describe the invention in sufficient detail so that a specialist can understand it. In addition, claims must be formulated. These claims describe the exact subject matter sought to be protected precisely and in often complicated language.


The preparation of technical documents is a complicated task that must be carried out with precision and the necessary knowledge in the field of patents. A poorly worded application is often beyond salvaging.


In addition, the application must be as complete as possible at the time of submission, as it is not possible to subsequently add information.

It usually takes three to four years for a patent to be granted. However, as of the filing date, you can disclose your invention, and you are provisionally protected. It is also possible to accelerate the procedure, if necessary.

An IPI-supervised search looks for patent literature in the field of your invention and identifies relevant documents. However, the IPI as an office cannot give you any information about the patentability of your invention. You must therefore evaluate the relevant documents found yourself in order to assess the patentability of your invention. Our legal package, on the other hand, includes both the search for the relevant documents as well as their analysis and an assessment of the patentability of your invention.