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What is a Patent Search?

Its a search of issued patents and published patent applications that are relevant or related to your invention, which may be considered important “prior art” references when applying for a patent. Prior art is  any product, publication, or patent, that may be relevant or related to your invention. In order to be patentable your invention must have a new part or element not found in prior art to be new or novel. A patent searcher reviews the drawings and text of US patents and patent applications to determine whether your invention is new and determines the scope of potential patentability.

How much does a Patent Search cost?

$450 to perform a search at the US Patent Office records room & provide you with copies of prior art references (US patents & published patent applications) located during our search of patents related to your invention.  This is not an online search rather a search at the US Patent Office Search Room. To prepare a written patentability opinion, read and analyze each patent and patent application located during the search, and draft a patentability opinion letter comparing the elements of your invention to the elements in each patent and patent application located during the search ($450-800) additional.  Business Method patents can run $900 to perform the search. Time 1-2 weeks ~$950 to perform a search at US Patent Office & prepare a written Opinion on scope of patentability.

Why perform a Search?

There are many reasons why an inventor should spend time searching and educating themselves about existing patents and published patent applications, which are similar or related to the inventor’s idea.  First, in order for your new idea to be patentable it must be new or novel.  To be new or novel, means you typically have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process that no other patent contains.  To know if you have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process you must research all of the existing patents and published patent applications.  Where do you look for existing patents?  Search online, at USPTO website.  Download pdf files of any relevant patents and published patent applications  and identify their parts and features. Step back and compare your invention’s list of parts to the parts and features found during your patent research and determine whether you have a new part or feature.  If yes, you may have a new idea that can be protected by a patent.

Need help with a Search?

We are a group of Patent Attorneys in Atlanta serving Atlanta and the surrounding Georgia cities – Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Marietta, Smyrna, Albany, Rome, Peachtree City, Kennesaw, Acworth, Cartersville, Columbus.

If you are looking for a Patent Lawyer call Grell & Watson.

Grell & Watson
Atlanta Patent Attorney I-75
Grell & Watson Patents Attorneys, LLC, 1870 The Exchange, Atlanta, Georgia 30090 (678) 383-4886

Atlanta Patent Attorney Downtown 
Grell & Watson Patent Lawyer, LLC, 708 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030,  (404) 596-7333

$450 US Search & Opinion

US Search and written opinion: Perform a Search at records room of US Patent Office.  We believe these are better searches than an on-line searches.  Deliverable is US patents and patent applications related to your invention found during the search. ($450) To perform search and prepare a written patentability opinion, read and analyze prior art, and draft patentability/novelty opinion letter. ($975-1500). Retainer of: