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Patent Search Firm

Patent searches may be done by patent law firms or patent search firms. When you have a new invention, the first step in the patent process is to have a patent search completed. The value of your invention starts with the patent search. A patent search protects your patent's value and its enforceability. Law firms can perform patent searches in addition to patent prosecution and patent litigation; however, search firms are designed to mainly focus on patent searches.

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How Patent Searches Are Performed

A patent search firm may perform a variety of searches, including conducting a patentability search, where the search identifies if the invention is new and novel; which is one of the many criteria needed in applying for patent protection. In addition to patentability/novelty searches, search firms may also conduct state of the art, infringement and clearance searches. A patentability search is the most common type of search conducted by a patent search firm. The patentability search includes a search of all patents and patent publications filed with the US Patent Office. Furthermore, the patentability search may also include non-patent literature including: newspapers, magazines, newsletters, seminar presentations, academic journals, text books, government publications, technical manuals and/or books in print.

Patent searchers gather all the information and data from the patentability search and suggest if the invention is new or novel. If the invention is new or novel the inventor may then take the next step and apply for patent protection. This can typically only be done by a patent law firm. New and novel inventions are either, obviously, new or novel; if an invention is novel it is an invention that would not have been obvious to someone to be easily conceived or constructed. If the patentability search suggests that the invention is not new and novel, the inventor may decide if the novel characteristic of the invention is its design. Then, the inventor may apply for patent protection for the design of the invention.


New inventors who want to begin the patent process need to have a patent search performed. A high-quality patent search will only increase the value of your invention. Either a patent law firm or a patent search firm can perform patent searches. Either type of firm will be able to provide a patentability search to suggest if the next step in patent protection is necessary. It can also save you money if you realize early that your idea is not patentable.

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Mike Starkweather

Mike Starkweather
Patent Attorney

Mike was a patent examiner at the United States Patent Office. While there he examined over 300 patent applications. This experience has helped him to understand all the subtleties of getting a patent. You want that experience on your side.

Mike is extraordinarily creative in finding patentable features. Sometimes it requires thinking outside of the box to find the patentable features of an invention. He has an expertise at finding ways to get patents on new inventions that other patent professionals would not consider.

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