One of the basic steps that need to be taken prior to applying for a patent is doing a search to ensure that there are no existing patents that would conflict with your filing. You can either perform this search by yourself for free or hire an attorney to do a patent search and file a provisional patent application. Note that we don’t require you to have a patent to list on our site but it is up to you to protect your idea using partial disclosure or a non-disclosure agreement while talking to potential buyers. You should consult your attorney for any legal advice.
Do It Yourself
- The USPTO Patent Search is free: A little complex but it provides a lot of information along the way if you are patient.
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