1- Begin with thinking of a word, phrase, or words to use in a US patent application search that describe your Invention and its new features

2- Go to one of the online search engines for searching existing patents and patent applications, such as USPTO patent search United States Patent Office or Google Search.

2- Enter your word, phrase, or words in the search window.  e.g., bed sheet strap system.

4- Click button “Search”

5- See number of search results

6- Review each patent and patent application by clicking each line item.

7- For each patent- Review the Title, Abstract, and Drawings to see if the patent or patent application is relevant to your invention or idea.

8- If relevant, save a PDF of the Invention in a folder marked “Prior Art”

9- Print out each relevant patent and patent application.

10- Read each patent and patent application and use 2 colors of high lighter 1) highlight similar elements in each patent that are similar to the key feature(s) of your invention; and 2) highlight elements in each patent that are different or do something different than to the key feature(s) of your invention.

If you do not find your primary elements of your invention or idea in the list of patent your invention may be a good candidate for a Provisional Patent Application.

Now you know how to do a preliminary patent search to check for similar patents  and patent application s that were filed before you.

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How to do a US Patent Search

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