I am a complete patent searching novice and looking for a bit of advice!
I work for a UK TV company called Objective Productions and we make a wide range of shows from The Cube on ITV to Derren Brown for Channel 4.
We have just had a new 8 part TV show commissioned by Sky called ‘The Mother Of Invention’, presented by two successful innovator-entrepreneurs who want to scour the UK in search of great undeveloped and undiscovered inventions and give them the platform they truly deserve.
We’re looking for great ideas that have been patented but haven’t got off the ground. We know around 15,000 patents are applied for each year and of that about 3,000 will be granted. Of these only a fraction will make it to market- so we are going to look for the ones that haven't made it, that are still great ideas, and help them succeed where they have previously failed.
My question is to find out if there is a method of searching only for these GB, 'patent granted'/'B' patents?
I have looked on Epacenet, which looks like this is not possible and I have also been in touch with Patbase, who said this was not possible with their service.
I have found this search is possible via the www.IPO.gov.uk website, however- the results are only displayed with only the patent numbers, meaning you need to click into each result to see what the patent is and who filed it. Obviously this is very time consuming!Is there a better system out there?
If anyone has any advice on searching for these documents it would be much appreciated.
The ideal kind of patent/invention we are looking for will be:
(1) Owned by UK-based individuals (ie, not companies).
(2) An invention that makes sense to a typical non-technical TV viewer... ie, it is not a large industrial application or process.
(3) Likely to be a consumer product, gadget, tool or implement, possibly used around the home.
Our production is committed to the protection of confidentiality. No material filmed will be broadcast – or non-public domain details of inventions disclosed – without the prior written permission of the people and products being filmed. We respect the privacy of individuals, and particularly the sensitivity of issues surrounding intellectual property. We will be happy to send out a standard non-disclosure agreement to protect non-publicly accessible material if deemed it appropriate.
Also, if you can think of any members, inventions or inventors which would be suitable for the show please pass on this e-mail and ask them to contact myself regarding their invention.
Regards and thank you for your expertise in advance,