Patent Search and Filing

Patent Search

A search of all existing or publicly available information to determine whether an invention is new (novel) and whether persons with ordinary skill in the field could have deduced it (nonobvious). A patent search usually begins with a review of previously issued patents, and progresses to other types of documents, such as journal articles and scientific papers describing unpatented inventions.

Why conduct a patent search?

  • Establish whether or not your idea or invention is new or a substantial improvement of an existing invention.
  • Helps the inventor better understand the competitive landscape of their product category.
  • Allows the inventor to make an informed decision as to whether or not to pursue the idea or invention further, thus saving time and money.

Patent Filings

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem and is a product or a process.Patents are a form of intellectual property.The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a granted patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. A patent may include many claims, each of which defines a specific property right. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others, or at least to try to prevent others, from commercially making, using, selling, importing, or distributing a patented invention without permission

Why file for a Patent?

  • To protect your idea.
  • To obtain and have ownership of the exclusive rights.
  • Most companies will not entertain a licensing agreement without a filed or issued patent.


A symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.

Why file for a Trademark?

  • Protects your brand.
  • Can add value to your invention.

Patent Attorney Search

Invent Smarter has created the “Patent Attorney Search” to assist the inventor with all of their patent and trademark needs. Our attorneys are qualified, follow the code of ethics and place the inventor at the forefront of their business. Enter your address or zip code below to find a Patent Attorney near you or call 855.321.3272.

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