Markets, Patents and Alliances is happy to provide you with information on our Patent Search Services. We can also guide you on how to do searching yourself. See the tutorial below on the USPTO patent search page.
Comprehensive Patent Search
Tweet You have a great idea, but you want to make sure it hasn’t been already done before. That’s very smart. We research US and international databases to see if there is anything out there that even looks like what you’ve come up with.
Is Your Idea Patentable?
A thorough search is a very effective way to discover what is patentable in your new idea. By comparing the details of what you’ve done with what’s been done before, we can help identify the truly creative parts of your invention. These creative parts can be the foundation of a strong patent.
Our clients are extremely pleased with the thoroughness of our work and they trust our opinions. Here's what one of them has to say about the quality of our searches.
“Mark is practical, pragmatic and creative when it comes to evaluating new ideas for patentability. There is a lot of art and science to patents. Mark comes at it from all sides.”
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If we don’t find anything, then great! Perhaps it’s time to get a patent.
If Your Invention Already Exists
If we do find something that is similar but not exact, that can be great too. We will carefully compare your idea to what’s been done already to identify the critical improvements you’ve made. These critical improvements can become the basis of very strong patents. We also search international databases, such PatentScope®, maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO.)
Our turnaround is about two weeks and our prices are competitive. If you need it faster, we can get it faster. If you have a limited budget, we can work within that budget.
Free 15-minute Consultation
If you have an idea and you want it checked against the USPTO and international patent databases, give us a call at 203.975.7678. We offer a free 15-minute consultation to help you determine the best way to proceed. We look forward to doing business with you.
USPTO Reg. No. 47,828
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers an on-line, up-to-date repository of all US patents issued since 1976 and all patent applications published since 2001. These repositories are located at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm and http://appft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.html, respectively.
The first repository contains information on patents that have issued. The second contains information on patent applications that have been published, but may or may not have issued yet. If you are looking for inventions in a fast moving field, like iphone apps, you’ll want to use the patent application page. It has more recent developments.
How to Construct a USPTO Search Query
You perform a USPTO patent search by constructing a string that consists of “field codes” and “keywords”. The basic string is:
While you don’t need to be a database expert, you do need to understand what these search parameters mean.
The advantage of the FIELDCODE/keyword approach is that you can focus your attention on exactly what you are looking for. The disadvantage is that it requires a fair amount of skill and practice. The example below should help you get started.
Example of a USPTO Patent Search
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