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Once you have an idea, a patent and product search are the next two most important steps in the inventing process. You can't patent something that has ever been done before, even if it was done in another country! Before you invest time and money in a prototype of your invention or a patent application, you need to find out whether or not there are:
Past or present U.S. patents covering similar products
Past or present international patents covering similar products
Unpublished but pending patent applications for similar products
Similar non-patented products being sold in the U.S. or elsewhere
Most existing products are not patented. Unpatented products are typically not found as part of a patent search. Unpatented products can, however, negate the issuance of a patent on a similar invention, or render an issued patent unenforceable. Most patent searches only address bulletpoints one and two above and the cost is usually between $500 and $2,000. Remember, just because you haven't seen your invention on the internet or on a store shelf in the United States, doesn't mean that it hasn't been invented somewhere else.
In addition, many companies in the field only search by "keywords." Unfortunately, this produces results which merely reflect U.S. patent history over the past thirty years. In contrast, SearchQuest searches both by keyword and by "class" (i.e., we look at the United States Patent & Trademark Office's (USPTO's) official classifcation system and search by those types of classifications). Consequently, this combined approach to searching produces results covering patents issued as far back as 1790.
At SearchQuest™ Patent Search, we offer inventors a search product that addresses all the bulletpoints above for US$ 499.00. Your search is typically completed in less than 14 days. Patent copies, when available, and an itemized search report, will be sent to you by snail mail.
Don't Spend a Dime Before It's Time!™
Consistent with our founding principles, we at SearchQuest™ Patent Search believe that none of our clients should spend money foolishly or prematurely. Thus, we subscribe to the motto of The Inventors' Roundtable, i.e., "Don't Spend a Dime Before It's Time"™*. In keeping with this motto, a free USPTO patent search tutorial is made available on this web site by clicking on the word "Free" on the menu above. We believe that we are the only search company in the world that offers a free patent search tutorial for its clients.
There are at least five good reasons for doing your own patent search prior to turning the matter over to a professional patent search firm like SearchQuest. They are:
1. You will save yourself the cost of a professional search if you find your invention on your own.
2. You will learn about similar inventions that have been patented in the past.
3. Doing your own patent search will help you refine and improve your invention.
4. You may not find a similar invention, at which time a professional, international search is highly recommended**.
5. You can give a professional search company valuable supplemental information about your invention that you found during your search. Any information you can supply to a search company helps them provide you with a better search.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Please note that even if you chose our Comprehensive Search product offering (as opposed to one or more of our more limited product offerings), the search we conduct will be a "patent and product search" solely. This means it does not include an evaluation of prior art and how it relates to your ability to get a patent.
However, if you desire professional help in evaluating your search results, we can provide you with this service for an additional fee. Please write to us at
to have someone contact you in order to arrange to have one of our IP professionals provide such assistance.
* Don’t Spend a Dime Before It’s Time!™ is a licensed trademark of The Inventors' Roundtable.
** Patents cost thousands or ten’s of thousands of dollars. A SeachQuest patent search will provide valuable information to you and your patent attorney or agent when filing your patent application. A typical, simple mechanical type product search is $499. More complex electrical, software, or biological searches may cost more and will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.