If you are planning to complete a patent application for a new product or invention, one of the essential first steps to take is a patent search through all existing patents. This is an important step because of how rigorous the USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office) is when they are examining a new patent application and deciding whether or not to issue a patent. Since the patent application phase is extremely detailed, costly, and time-consuming, it is extremely important that you are able to enter this step for the process with confidence that you will be able to get approval for your own patent.
If you are planning to apply for a patent, be sure that you complete this step. It is highly suggested that you use the help of an experienced patent attorney in order to understand exactly what you are looking for in existing patents, and can be confident as you begin moving forward in your own process.
Why Do I Need To Do a Patent Search?
There is no law saying that you must do a patent search before completing your own application, but it is irresponsible to avoid this step. If you take the time and money to draft a patent application, submit, make payments, and then receive a rejection from the USPTO because you have tried to patent something that already exists, you will be extremely frustrated and will have wasted your resources for no reason.
There is no absolute guarantee that even after a patent search you may not find you had missed something, but for the sake of saving both time and money, it is very important that you undertake this research before moving forward. In addition to the time and money spent on your application process, you may also be working towards monetizing your patent to get ahead, only to then find that you must scrap all of your work.
Do I Need An Attorney To Do a Patent Search?
Much like how there is no law that states you must do a patent search at all, there is no rule that states you need an attorney to assist with your search. However, there are numerous benefits to bringing on an experienced attorney to manage this tedious step for you. If you are unfamiliar with the US patent database, this process can be overwhelming right from the start. In addition, it is important that you understand all designations and considerations that go into a unique patent, and an attorney will be able to identify any potential roadblocks that you may encounter while drafting your application.
In addition to identifying any future issues, your attorney will also be able to work with you to identify any possible ways to change your patent application and/or invention to be certain that you are filing a valid patent and that you will be able to avoid any future conflicts with other patent holders.
Can I Hire The Patent Professor To Do Patent Searches?
Certainly! The Patent Professor is available to help clients with any and all steps of the patent process, including preliminary research, patent acquisitions, validity opinions, and more. If you are beginning the process of filing a patent, be sure that you take all of the right steps, and do the important research before you turn your attention to your application. When you have the help of an experienced patent attorney, you can be confident that the process is moving quickly and effectively.