How to do a Patent Search?
However, it makes sense for you to perform an initial online searching of existing patents in the beginning. Next, you will want to review the websites United States Patent Office or Google Search. Specifically, it is advisable for every inventor to at least a preliminary search of US patents on their own, such as via Google search to review the elements found in the prior art.
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Why perform a US Search?
Definition-The act of checking whether a product or service has been patented by another company or individual.
There are many reasons why an inventor should spend time searching for existing patents. Plus educating themselves about existing applications, which are similar or related to the inventor’s idea. First, in order for your new idea to be patentable it must be new or novel. To be new or novel, means you typically have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process that no other application contains. Moreover, to know if you have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process you must research all of the relevant existing applications.
Specifically, where do you look?
Look online, at USPTO website. Search US Patent Office Search to to perform a US application search to see if your invention is already patented. Next, download pdf files of any relevant patents and identify their parts and features. Lastly, step back and compare your invention’s list of parts to the parts and features found during your research and determine whether you have a new part or feature. If yes, you may have a new idea that can be protected.
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