The first step in the patenting process is to have a professional patent search completed by an independent patent searcher to ensure that your invention is patentable. Your patent attorney can typically perform a patent search for your invention. Neustel Law Offices has more information about what a U.S. patent search is comprised of.
You can perform a free online patent search at www.uspto.gov. PatentHunter is a fee based patent searching and management program designed by Michael Neustel that can easily search and download patents directly to your computer.
After the independent patent search is completed, a Registered Patent Attorney should compare the relevant located patents to your invention. The Registered Patent Attorney should provide you with an opinion as to whether he/she believes there is a chance of receiving acceptable patent protection.
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