What is a Patent Search?
A patent search is a search of issued patents and published patent applications that are relevant or related to your invention, which may be considered important “prior art” references when applying for a patent. Prior art is any product, publication, or patent, that may be relevant or related to your invention. In order to be patentable your invention must have a new part or element not found in prior art to be new or novel. A patent searcher reviews the drawings and text of US patents and patent applications to determine whether your invention is new and determines the scope of potential patentability.
Why perform a Patent Search?
There are many reasons why an inventor should spend time searching and educating themselves about existing patents and published patent applications, which are similar or related to the inventor’s idea. First, in order for your new idea to be patentable it must be new or novel. To be new or novel, means you typically have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process that no other patent contains. To know if you have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process you must research all of the existing patents and published patent applications. Where do you look for existing patents? Search online, at USPTO website. Download pdf files of any relevant patents and published patent applications and identify their parts and features. Step back and compare your invention’s list of parts to the parts and features found during your patent research and determine whether you have a new part or feature. If yes, you may have a new idea that can be protected by a patent.
How much does a Patent Search cost?
How much is a Patent Search? What does a Patent Search cost? Patent Search: $450 to perform a patent search at the US Patent Office records room & provide you with copies of prior art references (US patents & published patent applications) located during our search of patents related to your invention. This is not an online search rather a search at the US Patent Office Search Room. To prepare a written patentability opinion, read and analyze each patent and patent application located during the search, and draft a patentability opinion letter comparing the elements of your invention to the elements in each patent and patent application located during the search ($450-800) additional. Business Method patents can run $900 to perform the search. Time 1-2 weeks ~$900 to perform a patent search at US Patent Office & prepare a written Opinion on scope of patentability.
How to do a Patent Search yourself?
- How to conduct a Patent Search? In order for an invention or idea to be patentable your invention must be new meaning you have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process as compared to other patents and patent applications. So how do you perform a thorough and accurate US Patent Search? Have you found all the related or similar US patents and patent applications?
- Let ISK be your Patent Searcher – We offer a comprehensive US Patent Office search performed at the US Patent Office records room, a physical search.
- Do it yourself ISK’s Patent Search download will walk you step-by-step through the proper procedure to perform a US patent searches with information, instructions, forms, and samples created by Patent Attorney Mat Grell using his inventions DripID® and Sneaker Doodle™ to show you an easy to follow do-it-yourself approach to privately perform your searches. Get started today!