Three-Tiered Review System
Express Search maintains the highest level of quality control grounded by a three-tiered review system that has been honed over two decades. Several pairs of research eyes conduct, augment, and review each piece of research at varying stages in order to ensure a thorough and customized result.
Easy Quoting and Billing
Flat rates based on standard estimated research have allowed Express Search clients easy client quoting and budget maintenance. There are never any disbursements – shipping and patent copies are free, and there are never any hidden fees or unauthorized database charges. Research is invoiced at a net 30 status, so payments need not be sent until 30 days after receipt of results, established to fit into any firm or companies billing system.
Text Searchable Patents
We supply the current INPADOC family and legal status (when available) for all patents we provide as prior art. This information includes a list of patents that share priority documents and the legal status of each of those documents. The family of patents provides a more complete picture of the prior art by listing the foreign patents that are based upon the cited priority document. Since a family member may be allowed in one foreign country but rejected in another, the family of patents can give crucial insight into what examiners in other countries consider patentable. Lastly, determining US equivalents for foreign patents can save on costly translations.
PAIR and Integrated Assignments
The current PAIR assignment document for each US patent is provided with all cited prior art, when available. The assignee on our abstracts page reflects the current PAIR document, not just the assignee at time of filing. In many cases, upon request by a client, Express Search can integrate additional more complex assignment work free of charge into the scope of the research request to provide the most useful set of results possible.
Free Estimates and Conference Calling
Each case is unique, and so is the research that supports it, so Express Search encourages clients to request as much information in advance of a search as assists them. Both formal and informal estimates, as well as conference calls with researchers, are free of charge and at the client’s convenience – no matter the country or time zone. Web presentations on general research information or specific research topics are also free of charge.