Should I have a patent search done?

Typically, a search of the prior art is conducted to determine whether an invention meets the novelty and non-obviousness requirements for patentability. You can search for prior art online or at a patent depository library. However, a good search generally takes considerable time to complete, unless you choose to hire an attorney or someone who specializes in patent searches.

Because provisional patents are not examined for patentability by the U.S. Patent Office, you can decide to secure a filing date with a provisional patent application and then use the ensuing one-year period of pendency to conduct a more thorough search.

When drafting a regular patent application, a good patent attorney or patent agent will emphasize the differences between your invention and the prior art. In addition, he or she will describe the history of inventions in related fields and explain why your invention would not be the next logical step in the evolution of the existing products (i.e., non-obvious).

In addition, recall that patents are not limited to completely new inventions; they can also cover significant improvements to existing inventions. For example, contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison did not actually invent the light bulb. Instead, he improved upon a 50-year-old idea.

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Inventors such as yourself who are looking to protect and profit from your invention or new product idea each have your unique needs and budgets. That is why we offer several invention evaluation plans for you to choose from that are tailored to the special needs of individual inventors.

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Crowdfunding makes it possible for you to achieve your invention goal of selling, licensing, or manufacturing products based on your invention that you otherwise might not be able to do using equity or debt financing. And you don't give up any ownership stake in your invention.


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