Patent searches help avoid wasting time and money.
A patent search is not required by the USPTO, however it is an essential element obtaining patent protection. Patent searches involve searching patent and non-patent literature databases to uncover relevant patents or other literature. These documents are called prior art. Prior art is used by the USPTO to determine which inventions are patent eligible. If the invention exists in the prior art, or if different elements exist in several pieces or prior art, the invention is likely ineligible for patent protection.
Performing a patent search prior to filing an application can save the inventor thousands in prosecution costs, by uncovering prior art which makes the invention ineligible for patent protection. It also enables the inventor to make patentable improvements to an invention, or to determine whether a market exists for the product. These are essential steps in deciding whether to obtain patent protection.
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