Over the past few decades, the Hungarian Patent Office (HPO) has gained extensive experiences in the field of patent search. The office staff - who have strong technical background - have obtained deep and up-to-date knowledge and expertise of applying various research procedures and carrying out patentability examination reports. In accordance with its responsibility of promoting intellectual property rights protection, but beyond the scope of its official tasks related to industrial property, the HPO offers various patent search services to business partners on a contractual basis. These services help business ventures as well as individuals find valuable information necessary to make patent-related decisions or in order to avoid patent-infringement risks and unnecessary costs. Through offering such services, HPO contributes to the objectives of the European Network of Patent Organisations. Since summer 2007, the range of services has included novelty search as well as novelty search with preliminary patentability report, preliminary patentability report, validity search and Freedom to Operate (FTO) search.
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