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I'm telling you one thing about patent searching it's not an easy thing to do it's a it's a big I call it morass the patent website for one thing it's just so difficult to go through but anybody can do a patent search and I mean if you felt comfortable with the search and quite frankly the search is just for peace of mind like I said before it it's just to stop the bleeding if you find it you stopped you found it it's the needle in the haystack ordinarily searches you no cost from any anywhere for thousands of dollars to just a couple hundred dollars and I charged I charge $350 for a search for the patentability part of it and I charge $500 for the opinion at $850 for a patentability search and opinion we go through each one of the patents that we find we give you an in a an evaluation as to whether or not we believe that I'll stop you from getting the patent or not and in a lot of times the patents that we find in our search we can use to help you write the patent application things that you can design around let me just give you an idea of how other people have done in the past so although you know in the in the long run it really doesn't is anything that you have to do but it's something to do for your peace of mind is getting the patent search done
Thanks for your comment Antoine Kossack, have a nice day.
- Samual Fargo, Staff Member
hi I'm John rizvi the patent professor I often get the same questions from inventors regarding the patent search one of the most common is whether or not an inventor can do the search themselves there is no law that requires an inventor to have a patent search done by an attorney however most inventors that conduct their own searches are doing what is known as a keyword search a keyword search is a simple search that focuses on the use of certain words their risks associated with inventors conducting their own search especially using keywords this is because there's so many alternative ways of describing an invention that a search based on certain words could miss the most relevant references for example what one person calls a hose will be referred to as a pipe by somebody else and you would miss the most relevant patents in your search let's look at another example say your invention is a kite that glows in the dark and inexperienced searcher might do keyword searches on an online search engine like Google they might search for patents having glow and kite in them but what happens if the closest patent to their idea uses the word luminescent instead of glow what if the closest patent has the term flying novelty toy instead of kite in order to broaden and inventors rights a patent attorney will often use abstract terms in a pattern this means that flying novelty toy could actually be a term in a patent for a kite and if all you search for is the term kite you would miss the closest patent relying solely on a keyword search may result in you overlooking the closest references to your invention when an attorney conducts a patent search they do not rely on a keyword search we go through the actual patent classifications at the Patent Office and look for patents in a relevant class or subclass this is extremely time consuming considering that there are over 9 million granted patents however the higher accuracy and the peace of mind it brings is worth it if you have questions about the patent search call me John rizvi the patent professor let me make patents easy for you
Thanks Cinda your participation is very much appreciated
- Samual Fargo
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I've studied business ethics at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto and I am an expert in newtonian dynamics. I usually feel anxious. My previous job was social welfare administrator I held this position for 12 years, I love talking about mushroom hunting/mycology and horse riding. Huge fan of Foster the People I practice gymnastics: artistic and collect books.
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