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What is a Patent Search?
A patent can only be awarded if your invention has not been made before and is not so closely similar to previous inventions that your invention would be obvious. A search for patents is a search of issued patents and published patent applications to locate relevant or related patents to your invention, which may be considered important “prior art” references when applying for a patent. Prior art is any product, publication, or patent, that may be relevant or related to your invention. In order to be patentable your invention must have a new part or element not found in prior art issued patents and published patent applications. A searcher of patents reviews the drawings and text of US patents and patent applications to determine whether related to the scope of your invention.
A search for patent opinion is a written opinion analyzing the features, elements, and parts set forth in the “prior art” drawings and text of issued patents and published patent applications as compared to the features, elements, and parts of an invention to: 1) determine scope of patentability, and 2) whether the invention has a new and non-obvious feature, element, or part not disclosed in the “prior art” issued patents and published patent applications.
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What does a Patent Search cost?
How much is a search for patents? What does searching for patents cost? ~$500 to perform a US search of patents at the US Patent Office records room & provide you with copies of relevant prior art references (US patents & published patent applications) located during our search of patents related to your invention. This is not an online search rather a search performed at the US Patent Office Search Room. To prepare a written patentability opinion, we read and analyze each patent and patent application located during the search for patents, and draft a patentability opinion letter comparing the elements of your invention to the elements in each patent and patent application located during the search of patents ($450-1000) additional (depends on the number of references). Business Method patents can run $900-1500 to perform the opinion letter. Time 1-2 weeks ~$950 retainer to perform a search at the US Patent Office & prepare a written Opinion on the scope of patentability.
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Why perform a US Patent Search?
There are many reasons why an inventor should spend time searching for existing patents and published patent applications and educating themselves about existing patents and published patent 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 patent contains. To know if you have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process you must research all of the relevant existing patents and published patent applications. Where do you look for existing patents? Search online, at USPTO website. Download pdf files of any relevant patents and published patent applications and identify their parts and features. Step back and compare your invention’s list of parts to the parts and features found during your patent research and determine whether you have a new part or feature. If yes, you may have a new idea that can be protected by a patent.
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