Checking If A Patent Is Already Taken

Checking If A Patent Is Already Taken

Many people with new inventions find themselves wondering how they can make money off. The first and most important step is to get a patent on their invention. However, thousands of patent requests are made every day in the United States alone and many amateur investors finding themselves as “how do I know if a patient is already taken?” with very few easy or free answers. Still, with the threat of lawsuits hanging over every inventor who has not made an earthshaking discovery such as cold fusion or undiscovered chemical compounds, it behooves them to try and find out whether someone else came up with the same idea earlier.

Recently a new tool for people searching United States patents was pioneered by the Obama administration while working with online titan Google. Google Patents is a new service from Google allowing would-be inventors to search for digital versions of patent documents dating back to the 1970s and scans of patent documents from as far back as the 1790s when the US Patent and Trademark Office was established. However, this search is not entirely perfect, and not knowing the right keywords or how to use the system works can and has fooled some inventors into accidentally infringing on another’s patent.

There are also professional services known as professional patent searchers, can be paid to discover whether or not your patent is unique. Prices range from 100 USD to 2000 USD or more, though the higher end of these prices are generally for advanced inventions that absolutely positively can not get their inventor in legal trouble, typically large corporations. Actual cost varies depending on the search requirements for your invention, among them exactly what type of invention you wish to patent. Knowing the terminology of patents, freely available at the USPTO website, can save you a lot of time.

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