A patent search is a prudent and economical place to start by discovering any issued patents or published patent applications relating to your invention. Based on the results of the patent search, you can determine if your invention is patentable and to what degree it is patentable. Or if you don’t know how to start get some help from inventhelp.
Why run one?
Once you start your patent search, the first thing a Patent Examiner does when he receives his patent application is to conduct a search of prior patents and patent applications related to his invention to determine if his invention is indeed new. Therefore, you are advised (not required) to conduct a search for issued patents, published patent applications and other public or published information (“prior art”) to assess whether any part of your invention or idea has been patented, published, or previously disclosed.
You can avoid the unnecessary waste of time and money lost in preparing and filing a patent application. If a patent search has revealed the prior art that may prevent your invention from being issued as a patent.
Knowing the state of the art related to your invention guides the patent applicant in the preparation of the patent application (background, figures and description) necessary to properly disclose the applicant’s new invention. Learn more about it from inventhelp.
FACT: Currently, there are 7 million patents issued by the USPTO (Patent and Trademark Office), which means that there are more patents than the actual commercially available products. If you do not see your invention for sale in a store, on the Internet or in the public domain (public disclosure), this does not mean that someone has not sought protection for a similar or similar invention under a patent or disclosed the same invention in an article published. Its purpose is to have a thorough understanding of patents and patent applications filed prior to its invention, which may have an influence on the scope of patent protection available for its invention.