Patent information is a key resource being used by organizations to gain a clearer understanding of competitors and their future plans. A profile of the patent activity of a company or an inventor obtained during a name search can be invaluable for gaining insight about a competitor’s business goals, as well as any recent change in its focus. Many technology-related activities can be monitored by conducting subject specific watches for new patent applications filed or journal articles published in relation to a particular technology or by a particular organization or person. A status watch will alert when a patent application of interest is accepted to enable early considerations of whether to oppose a patent grant. Sometimes, there is a need to identify competitors who could be infringing your patent rights. An evidence of use search will scan technologies currently published in patent applications or elsewhere to find any potential infringers.