A patent is a grant that is issued by the United States Government that gives you the right to exclude all others from making, using or selling the claimed subject matter of your patent, or its equivalents.
Before you decide to pursue your idea, you should be confident that a market exists for you new idea that is at least large enough to cover your investment costs and hopefully, significantly larger than that.
If you decide to present your idea to manufacturers, for example to pursue a licensee you should at a minimum enter into a non-disclosure agreement. We can provide you with a Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement with your request:
It is advisable to have a patentability search conducted before you invest time or money in a new project idea. If cost is a factor initially, you can conduct a free preliminary patent search on the Internet. However, before a patent application is filed, a search should be conducted at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Benefits of a Patentability Search and Opinion on Patentability
A patentability search reveals the closest “prior art”(i.e. the closest patents, published patent applications and other public information relevant to your idea). The opinion on patentability is prepared based on the closest prior art. It is possible to draft the broadest claims to which you are entitled based on the prior art and the prior art can also serve as a basis for refining your invention further. If a conflict is located, it may be possible to design around the prior art to avoid a conflict.
Our Search and Opinion Resources
We are located in close proximity to the USPTO and have a working knowledge of the area and the examining groups. Typically our patentability opinions include patent search data obtained from:
- A computer based search at the USPTO;
- A manual search fine-tuned based on the results of the computer search; and
- If necessary, a follow-up with a patent examiner in the group art unit where your patent application will be examined.