The most obvious advantage of a patent search is to determine if there are patents or published applications that could prevent an inventor from patenting one or more features of his or her invention, or make any patent protection that is obtained extremely narrow.
Inventors, who have conducted a preliminary patent search on their own, routinely make a faulty assumption that their independent search is enough of a patent search. While there are many reasons why it makes sense to do your own preliminary patent searching if you are an inventor, there is simply no comparison between a patent search done by an inventor and a patent search done by an experienced patent attorney or a professional searcher.
Performing an effective patent search is as much an art as a skill. Although it's great that online patent search tools are freely available, unless you have some familiarity with advanced search strategies it should not be too surprising if you are unable to find anything close to your invention.
Our experienced patent attorneys can conduct a patent search. You may want to consider conducting a patent search at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Public Search Facility located at USPTO headquarters (Alexandria, VA) using an onsite professional searcher to search for granted patents and published applications relevant to your invention (currently, the Public Search Facility is unavailable due to the coronavirus pandemic closure).
At Hoofe IP Law, we can help you interpret the significance of the patent search findings and evaluate patentability of your invention.
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