Use of the IPC for Search Purposes

A patent search may be conducted for several reasons:

  • To identify relevant prior art, or establish the absence of which, for the determination of novelty of an invention;
  • To identify relevant prior art for the assessment of ingenuity, or non-obviousness of an invention;
  • To investigate the possibility of an infringement of patented technology by an industrial activity;
  • To gain familiarity with the state-of-the art in a particular field, for the evaluation of a patent before acquisition, or for research and development.

The first step in any patent search is to clearly identify the technical field of the subject matter at hand and the technical term(s) which describe it. The recommended approach to using the IPC for searching is to browse or query the IPC Catchword Index for these technical terms. The Catchword Index may then directly indicate the pertinent category – normally a specific subgroup – encompassing the technical field under consideration. Or, hire the professionals, such as InventHelp patent services, to do a search.

Should the IPC Catchword Index fail to produce an IPC category or yield unsatisfactory results for all conceivable technical terms in a given field, one of the following two alternative approaches may be followed:

Manual navigation of the classification scheme, starting at one of the eight sections and proceeding through the most relevant class to the appropriate subclass and group, with due consideration to all references, notes and definitions. Pertinent subgroups thereunder must be followed to the most specific level (most indented subgroup) that still covers the field of search.

Text search of the technical term(s) in a patent database, to find the subclass under which most patents retrieved by this search were classified. Then, manual navigation within the subclass to determine the most appropriate group and subgroup, as in the previous method.

Once the optimal subgroup category has been determined, the patent database used is then queried for patent documents under that category. If this yields few or no results, the database should be queried again under the parent category of the one previously used (e.g. a less-indented subgroup). For more information, please read how to patent an idea with InventHelp.


Naming Your Cat is Fun!

Congratulations on your new cat! You’ve just entered into a relationship with one of the world’s most loving, imaginative, and entertaining creatures. Cats give so much and ask for so little – two squares a day, a warm place to sleep in the sun, and a NAME to be proud of.

Now, by ordinary, we don’t mean a name that every Tom, Dick or hairy feline is likely to have, too. We mean a name you’ll use at mealtime, bedtime, and throughout an ordinary day.

The extraordinary names, the nicknames that you’ll find that describe your cat perfectly…those will develop over time as you get to know your new companion better and more and more character traits are revealed to you.

Naming your kitten or cat should be fun, too. The name you choose for your new friend says as much about you as it does about your cat. It shows how you view your cat and your relationship with him or her.

kitten names

Choosing the proper name for your cat is an important decision; you want to capture your little friend’s personality AND show your originality. But don’t worry. Armed with the ideas, suggestions and tips in this easy, fact- and fun-filled guide – the purr-fect name is just around the corner.

What’s in a name? Everything

Is a good name for really important?

Yes! The name is a reflection of the place he or she has in your life. The name you choose reflects on your pet’s personality and on the rest of your family. Choosing the perfect name is an opportunity to demonstrate to the world just how creative and insightful you are. Also, your cat’s name will be repeated often – both in public and in private.

Do you realize that cat owners are likely to say their cat’s name over 20,000 times? …Don’t get stuck with a clunker. Your family will always remember who it was that came up with the name that sticks.

Did you know?

That many names have meanings?… knowing the meanings of names adds a fun new dimension to finding the perfect name. There are some great cat names portals on internet, such as Cat Names Unique, where you can browse through thousands of cat names with their meanings.

That naming trends are changing?… you can get with the trend, do something retro, or or start your own trend.

Home, Real Estate

RTO Agreement

While the potential of success for a rent to own agreement is high, buyers and sellers need to have a clear understanding of the RTO process in order to take advantage of the benefits and avoid unfavorable outcomes.

A rent to own agreement typically has more flexibility than traditional contracts and can customize terms to meet specific needs, but basically the seller agrees to allow the buyer to move in immediately, but delaying the sale’s closing while the buyer corrects credit or other issues that have disqualified them for a conventional loan.

They agree on a fixed purchase price and the buyer provides a down or ‘option’ payment, similar to a traditional but extended earnest money deposit, as it shows ‘good faith’ they truly intend to purchase. Also like an earnest deposit, the funds will apply to the down payment or to lower the purchase price.

However the flip side is that to compensate the seller for waiting two or three years to close and for being willing to work with a buyer traditional lenders deem too risky, the deposit is non-refundable if the buyer chooses later not to purchase the home.

Agreements may differ, but usually a rent to own homes sale helps the seller lock in a motivated buyer in a difficult marketplace, and can lock in a slightly higher than market purchase price in exchange for a delayed sale to a buyer with some credit issues to resolve.

The buyer benefits because for slightly more than a typical rental’s first, last and damage deposit, (although this is not how your deposit is applied), a buyer can begin to establish a purchasing history and possibly build equity while sorting their credit challenges.