When you file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) an examiner will complete a thorough search to determine whether your invention in already known. Therefore, conducting a patentability search before filing a U.S. patent application is an important first step in the application process. In addition, many potential investors want to see a completed patentability search before they invest in your new idea.
You may learn, during the course of the search, that your invention is described in a patent or patent application submitted by someone else. If it is determined that your invention is not new or novel, you can work with your patent attorney to see if a path to patent protection may still be available. You may need to focus your patent application on different aspects of the invention or on improvements that you may have made. Either way, it is best to know this before you file your patent application. Failing to complete a thorough patentability search prior to filing your application may lead to lost time and money, or worse, lost patent rights.
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