A patent search is performed for the purpose of finding the most relevant existing U.S. Patents and published U.S. Patents to your invention (referred to as “prior art”) and is typically conducted in the early stages of the application process by an independent patent search firm. Inventors who have already filed a patent application may still utilize InventionHome’s design and/or marketing program.
A patent search can help an inventor make a more informed decision on whether or not to move forward with an idea. The search is primarily focused on determining whether a patent on a similar invention has already been issued or published with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Taking steps to protect your idea shows companies that you have a higher level of commitment and are serious about the idea. Conducting a search is part of the licensing process and the first step in our 3 step process.
Patent searches should typically be conducted by professional patent search firms or registered patent attorneys / agents who understand how to perform a proper search. InventionHome utilizes independent, registered patent attorneys/agents to conduct all patent searches. Although patent searching is a valuable step in the process, it is important to understand that it can never guarantee with certainty that your invention will or will not be approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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InventionHome can refer you to an independent, registered patent attorney for help with a utility or design patent application or other legal needs. You would then work directly with the independent attorney to fulfill your legal needs.
Furthermore, it is important to understand that InventionHome utilizes independent, registered patent attorneys / agents for the completion of patent search and / or provisional patent application work. InventionHome is not a law firm and is not engaged in the practice of law. We do not and can not practice before the U.S. patent office and cannot offer legal consultation, advice, opinions or services. Please see our terms of service and disclaimer pages for additional information.