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Design registrations are stored in indexed databases that can be searched for many different reasons, depending upon the knowledge you are seeking.
Design registrability searches (aka pre-filing searches) are conducted to ascertain whether a design is registrable.
Design clearance searches (aka design infringement searches) are conducted to assess whether a new product infringes earlier design registrations (i.e. to assess freedom to operate).
Other design searches are conducted for strategic reasons - for example, a strong indication of a competitor's R&D activities can be obtained by watching their design filing activities.
Wadeson patent attorneys can advise you which design searches will achieve your business objectives. Our searching expertise puts clients in a position of knowledge, allowing them to make informed decisions.
We can tailor a design search to your commercial objectives.