The place to start with your idea.
If you plan to file
a patent application, you or your representative are advised to
conduct a search of patents previously granted, and also of printed
publications to make sure that your idea has not already been patented
or disclosed. With over 5 million patents already issued, such a
search avoids the needless expense of funds for a patent application,
if the search turns up prior patents that might preclude your invention
from being issued a patent.
Once you apply for your patent, the first thing the Patent Office
Examiner does when he receives your patent application is to perform
a search of prior patents in the search room at the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office in Washington. If he finds similar inventions
the Examiner can reject your patent application because of the prior
art he finds. Consequently, you want to know what the Examiner is
going to find before you go to the expense of time and money of
filing your patent application.
If you decide to have a search conducted, there is no substitute
for a physical search conducted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark
Office. While some "research" firms offer computer searches,
such searches are only as good as the computer operator, and, results
generally yield only the front page of the patent found. As always,
you get what you pay for.
American Patent and Trademark Law Center offers confidential patent
searches, conducted by a Registered Patent Attorney who is a former
Patent Office Examiner. All searches are conducted on site
at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, in Washington DC. With
the considerable expense of time and money involved in a formal
Patent Application, a comprehensive search and review by a Registered
Patent Attorney, is a prudent investment of your valuable legal
A Patent Search requires only a short discussion with an attorney
in our office about your invention, and possibly a very simple sketch
on how it operates. The interview can be in person or by telephone
with a fax of the drawing. All such communication is strictly confidential
and privileged information by the attorney-client relationship.
Cost: The cost for a simple patentability search is $750.00,
including a review and discussion by a Registered Patent Attoney
regarding the patents retrieved in the search and how they apply
to your idea.
Once you have received the results of your search and discussed
them with our office, you can then make up your mind to proceed
with a formal patent application. In the event you should decide
to proceed with a formal U.S. or Foreign Patent Application, our
office can handle all aspects of the Application Process with you.
Feel free to contact our offices by phone, fax, or e-mail
to further discuss your needs. We also have a form that you can
download in either a PDF
version or RTF version
(for Microsoft Word users). You can then mail the completed form
to the address at the bottom of the page or FAX it to us at (858)-509-1677.