Patent Search

A patent search is a search to determine what patents might be applicable to the elements of a specific invention. Because a patent can only be awarded if an idea is new and non-obvious, the costs of proceeding to attempt to patent an idea that has already been done will likely be avoided through a search that will hopefully turn up all pertinent references.

Once the search is performed, it is typically reviewed by a patent attorney who drafts a patentability opinion as to whether it is likely that a patent will issue for the chosen invention.