Free patent searches can be conducted online through the USPTO website or through the Google patent search platform. While we do advise having a patent attorney perform a patent search on your behalf, it is helpful to first perform free patent searches before you start spending money.
The first thing you should do is to document and then begin performing searches to find similar intellectual property. Given the history of innovation in our country, you will likely find prior art for nearly every patent idea. However, even similar patents may not keep you from receiving a patent as long as your invention is truly unique.
Given that most patent databases outside of the USPTO’s are limited in their scope, I would recommend that you search it first. You must educate yourself so that your free patent searches are not futile. There are many guides on how to conduct patent searches.
So, you will want to first conduct your free patent searches. If the invention idea is unique, you would then contact a patent attorney to perform a full patent search on your behalf. These patent searches will come with a fee so make sure you have a budget ready.
If you are looking at filing a patent, Idea Buyer will be happy to point you in the right direction for free patent searches. Simply email us at info@IdeaBuyer.com and you will receive a reply within 12 business hours.