I conduct patent searches ranging from minor surveys starting at 4400 SEK, up to complete novelty searches including non-patent literature at 15750 SEK. My hourly rate is 1260 SEK. A typical invalidity search would take 15-20 hours.
My experience dates back to 1986 and includes seven years at the Swedish Patent Office and four years at the European Patent Office (Berlin). Mainly in the IPC fields of H04N, H04L, H04B and H04Q. Since then I have been all over the patent classification, with the exception of pure chemistry.
"The bulk of all patents are crap. Spending time reading them is stupid"
Well, I spend a lot of time reading patents...
Since 2019 qualified Patent Information Professionals can apply to be certified through the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals. Initially, only professionals based in the USA and Europe could apply, and there were all in all 284 applications filed. It has not been communicated how many of these were granted. My application was granted on April 4, 2019.
For a brief history of the profession in Sweden, see this link (in Swedish).
...compare me to the Bee... for tho I pick up my Matter in a thousand Places, 'tis not to look gay my self, but to furnish you with Honey
(Ephraim Chambers, preface to Cyclopedia, 1728)
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