A patent search returns a list of prior art that is similar to your idea or invention which has already received patents or is in the patent process. Patents with inventions too similar to your submission might incur patentability issues with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and make acquiring patent protection for your idea or invention impossible.
Why conduct a patent search?
- Establish whether or not your idea or invention is new or a substantial improvement of an existing invention.
- Present a professional image to potential licensees when selling your idea to large companies who can manufacture and market your invention.
- 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.
- A comprehensive search that identifies relevant patents and patent applications published with the USPTO
- Results compiled and report created