Should I do a patent search for my invention?

In most cases, inventors are looking to obtain patent protection for their invention. Filing a patent application can be expensive and can be a complete waste of time and money if the invention is not new. This is where doing a patent novelty search is important. A patent novelty search in conducted in order to answer the question: “Is my invention new?” Generally, the patent novelty search involves searching one more patent databases based on carefully selected keywords. If the keywords are not selected properly then the search may exclude relevant patents to may end up including too many patents.  Once the search is completed, the patents that were found must be analyzed in order to answer the question :”Is may invention novel?” This analysis is not easy to do because patents are written in legal and technical language. Therefore, the analysis is best left to a patent attorney.

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