Inventions and Patent Search Guide

Hello, I'm Ven, your patent search action guide. I'm the creation of a practicing patent attorney with many years of experience, and I'm here to help you understand the complex worlds of patents and inventions.

You can take the next step to protecting a new idea by finding related patents.

For most people, a preliminary patentability search can be used as an initial screen to determine if you can protect an invention. I recommend starting your journey using some of the free tools that I will teach you about on this web site.

Patent Search Guide Ven

Step-by-step, you can do your own patent research:

  • determine whether a patent is the best way to protect your invention
  • search whether there is anything like your idea with detailed descriptions of free resources
  • dig deeper with great examples of US Patent Office queries that can be adapted to your invention
  • go global with a worldwide glossary of patent office resources
  • learn tips for getting a patent

Take the first step, “do it yourself,” save money, and determine whether your idea has the potential to become a money-making reality.

Need a starting point! The US Patent Database that I prefer as a starting point for conducting a prior art search is free and managed by the U S Patent and Trademark Office.

What is a prior art search? This legal term used by patent attorneys refers to the process of finding patents related to an invention. "Prior Art" can also include information found in publications and other public documents. Any information in the public domain before you apply to patent your invention is prior art.

The pages on this website are intended to provide detailed information. Because so many resources and tools are available for patent searching, the process can be overwhelming. As you know, time is limited, and time is money. That's why I've created a CONDENSED ONE-PAGE GUIDE for doing your own preliminary US patents search.

You can download the FREE condensed guide by subscribing to this site. You will instantly receive a confirmation email with a link to download the guide.

If you plan to use a patent attorney for a professional patent search, this one-page guide tells you everything you need to know to do a preliminary quick-check of your idea beforehand. If your idea is still promising, you can let the lawyer handle the more complicated patent investigation and application process.

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