Inventors Insider: 7 Things to Do Before Filing a Patent

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2) Hire a patent attorney to conduct a novelty search. After you’ve researched whether or not your product is patentable, there is still more research to be done. “Just because you don’t see it on the market doesn’t mean that somebody hasn’t already patented it,” says Evans. Patents can be expensive and time consuming. It can take 18 months to more than two years before you hear back from the patent office. A patent firm can do a more thorough search of the patent office than you can do on your own. “A lot of times, people do their own searches but don’t know how to interpret the obvious standard.” There are certain things attorneys know that are obvious, she says. In addition, a patent attorney can use the same database as the patent examiner and search foreign references to patents, published applications, patents, and abandoned patents. A search by a patent attorney can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000. There are also companies that offer extremely low rates for online searches.

2) Hire a patent attorney to conduct a novelty search. After you’ve researched whether or…