Medical Device Japanese Patent Search
Project duration: 3 weeks
Client: A major European
Healthy Care Company
Type of search: Validity search, to uncover
Field of Technology: Healthy
care, medical device.
Brief Description of the Target Patent:
An application filed at EPO and USPTO. The medical device disclosed in the target application
has improved functionality.
Our search revealed that the target patent has a corresponding
Japanese patent application. JPO has refused to grant a
patent for this Japanese patent application. After referring
to the search report performed by JPO for the patent examination,
we decided to take a broader search approach by using FT
classification search and full text search. Our search scope
includes the scope of the JPO search but is much wider than
We performed 4 Japanese patent searches using
FT (Japanese unique patent classification) and IPC in patent
classification searches, and using key word string combinations
in full text searches.
A total of 1985+ hits were generated in these searches.
All these hits have been downloaded and reviewed.
Our searches generated a total of 1985+ hits. After
reviewing these 1985+ hits and excluding the 10 prior art
cited in the JPO search report, 10 additional Japanese patent
documents that are considered to be relevant or general
state of the art are uncovered.
Out of the 10 Japanese patent documents, 5
are filed by foreign companies and have corresponding foreign
patent family members. English (US) patent family members
of these 5 Japanese patent documents are provided as attachment
for the client. Machine translation for the other 5 Japanese
patent documents that do not have equivalent English patent
family members are also provided for the convenience of