Where do I start?

You know that patent monitoring is an important topic in order not to be overtaken by the competition and not to miss trends.

Now you want to implement a corresponding process in your company or the company you work for?

Amidst the mass of questions and possibilities, it is useful to have a clear strategy ready for the first steps.

You should consider the following points:

Step 1

Targeted information gathering and a good flow of information are crucial for an effective early warning system. The best research is useless if it does not get through to the right recipient.

Start by clarifying the following question:

Who in your company should be involved in the research?

Not only developers but also sales and management should be involved in an adequate way to gather the know-how from all areas. Define responsibilities.

Step 2

Ask the following questions for your research:

Which competitors, suppliers and customers should you watch?

Are there companies that are relevant from the outset and with which you would like to compete?

Tip: If you also want to find currently unknown players, you have to define the potentially relevant area, e.g. by describing the technology.

Step 3

Determine reporting formats for your patent search and define priorities together.

Which information is most important?

What information can be shortened, if necessary, to make it as easy as possible for the recipient of the search to sift through? What is the quickest way to obtain a structured overview of the most important topics?

All the best for your patent search and we are happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

We wish you every success with your patent search and will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

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