The Value Of A Free Patent Search

Posted on February 4, 2009 @ 2:46 am
by Dee Reavis

Why not just get a patent and forget the patent search? Because, you could be wasting a lot of money. What if you brilliant idea is not really new? You want to know that before you spend you money.

You should begin with a free patent search. This way you can “experiment” with a lot of ideas to find one that is truly “new and novel” without the cost of spending several hundred dollars to have a patent attorney perform the search.

There are 3 good reasons to do a free patent search:

1. Your purpose is to confirm that there are no competitive patents similar to your idea It is nice to find out before you spend your money.

2. Google is the obvious choice to do free patent searching on the Internet. Their patent search is easily found on Google.com.

3. A quick search can find other free patent searching resources available on the Internet.

4. You will have a better idea where your invention fits. When you look at the “prior art”, you may find a patent that is very close to your idea. With that knowledge, you may be able to make modifications to your invention idea in order to make it truly “new and novel”.

Your patent search has not found any close competitors. Does that mean that you should immediately patent your invention? Not necessarily. It is advisable to now have a professional patent search done by a patent attorney to verify your results. Patents can be expensive. Consider this additional insurance that your idea is indeed “new and novel”.

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