Do I infringe a patent? This is one of the most common questions asked. But how should I know this? An initial search can provide you with some degree of certainty. However, this first search only provides information at a fixed point in time. The number of patent applications and grants increases over time.
Patent monitoring enables a regular update on granted patents and newly filed applications. It helps identify problems at an early stage. Based on this information, a company can file an opposition against the grant of a patent or can try and negotiate a license from the proprietor.
Regular monitoring of patent applications can also provide information to scientists and engineers. Applications are normally filed at a very early stage in the development of a product. Developers can study newly applications and see what competitors and others are doing.