Patent Searches and How to Find Similar Inventions.

The following is a transcript of Episode 4 from the "Patenting for Inventors" Podcast.

This episode is going to be about how to conduct a patent search to determine whether or not there are similar inventions that will prevent you from getting your own patent. I have to give a huge disclaimer first. There is an entire industry related to patent searching. There are people whose entire career is patent searching. Even a lot of patent attorneys don’t do complicated patent searches on their own, but hire specialized patent search firms.

Why do you want to do a patent search? The main reason is cost. There’s actually no legal requirement for you to do a patent search before you file a patent application, but the whole process of patenting your invention can be tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re interested in getting patents across the world, it could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you could just spend a little bit of time and energy or a few thousand dollars to hire someone to do a search for you, then you can cut your losses early if you find out that your invention already exists, or something really close to it exists.