`Victor Green

35 years of searching excellence

Tel: +44(0)20 7269 9200

email: request@victorgreen.co.uk

Who are we?

  • Founded in 1986
  • Full range of patent, design and literature searches
  • Staff skilled in all fields of science and technology
  • Meticulous, resourceful, cost-effective

Searching the world’s IP by class, code, keyword, structure, sequence, image and interview.

The documentation provided by our services can assist in all aspects of the identification, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

▾What makes us unique?

We are distinguished by our combination of:

  • An unrivalled depth of search experience. The analysts average 16 years of patent searching experience.
  • Readiness to take on any area of science or technology, from alpha particles to zygotes.
  • Thoroughness and rigour in strategy formation and searching. Every search uses a range of approaches, and analysts plan every search detail using a proprietary concept combination grid.
  • High level skills in chemical substructure searching and in gene sequence searching using GenomeQuest.
  • Experience of providing drug and biopharmaceutical patent positions.
  • Ability to find and interview witnesses that can cast light on the intricacies of an infringement or validity court action.
  • A proprietary Concept Library of class and keyword search terms maintained for thousands of topics. This sharing of knowledge means that analysts can draw on a wealth of accumulated experience to enhance their construction of searches.

▾What do we pride ourselves on?

▾Customer focus

It is the 35th anniversary of the founding of the company and as we look back we are delighted to see how many of our most important clients have been with us since the first few years. Our continued success vindicates our approach of looking at everything from the client's point of view and putting service to the client at the top of our agenda. That’s what drives our attention to detail and maintenance of rigorous standards. We invite you to consult our testimonials page to see the feedback from a number of our valued customers.


Nearly all of our analysts are postgraduates in a science or engineering discipline. All have passed through our demanding interview process.


Our experienced supervisory staff provide the essential on-the-job training. Analysts also take courses from the WIPO Academy.

▾Bespoke service

We provide searches and reports that meet the clients' exact needs.

Our Pre-filing Budget Searches play a significant role in drafting. A leading firm of patent attorneys has said that the results of our budget novelty searches always play a significant role in their drafting of patent applications.

▾High standards

Each enquiry receives the personal attention and supervision of the managing director Victor Green, or the Principal Patent Analysts, Davinia Collyer, Alessio Brizzi and Joanne Kirkwood, as regards choice of strategy, execution of the search, quality control, and the presentation of results.

We provide reports including freedom to operate (FTO) searches, so compared with companies that just provide novelty searches, we are used to working in a meticulous and thorough way to meet the high standards of precision required for FTO.

▾Difficult subject matter

We are imaginative, bringing lateral thinking to all our problem solving, and deliver results for even the most difficult searches. Read our stories.

We are also happy to take enquiries beyond the confines of the library or the internet, for example interviewing experts on head-up displays or visiting design museums to inspect lace patterns. In one notable case we were required to find date-marked operating manuals for a machine imported into the United Kingdom 20 years previously. Although the importers had destroyed their records, we were able to contact virtually all early purchasers of the equipment, determine the fate of their manuals, and locate and interview five witnesses whose evidence was crucial to a successful outcome for our client.

▾Wide range of language skills

In-house language skills include French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish.

To some extent we are also able to input the words equivalent to non-Latin text as the keywords in our search. For example in searching the keyword "inhaler", we can search the original fulltext non-Latin documents in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea using: 吸入器 , 吸入器 and 흡입기.

▾Who benefits from our services?

We can help you whether you are:

  • a legal professional wanting all the information needed to advise your clients on due diligence and other IP issue
  • a university, research institute or public sector organisation applying for or awarding grants to develop new ideas
  • a venture capital company deciding whether to fund a start-up with new or disruptive technology content.

There are many situations where it is legally advisable or commercially useful to search through existing patents and patent applications, registered designs or technical literature. Our bespoke reports can aid in all aspects of the identification, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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35th anniversary

We are proud to be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the founding of Victor Green & Company this year. Our services will continue to be meticulous, resourceful and cost-effective. These qualities have ensured that some of our most important clients have been with us since the beginnings of the company. We look forward to continuing to provide searching excellence.

Victor Green & Company is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2021. The theme is “Intellectual Property and small or medium-sized enterprises (IP & SMEs): Taking your ideas to market” and WIPO will explore how SMEs can use intellectual property rights to build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.