Do-It-Yourself Patent (Novelty) Check
The United States Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO) maintains no-cost (free), searchable, on-line patent databases.
home page, click on "Patents" and then click on "Search"
If you find it, you have
saved the cost of a professional search. If you
have not found it, a professional search is strongly recommended.
Available USPTO search modes:
Available USPTO databases:
issued patents, searchable text since 1976
issued patents, printed images since 1790
published patent applications, published since 03/15/2001
print out full image copies of items related to search subject
(recollections of whatever is of marginal value)
if located, professional search costs are saved
if not located, order professional search and opinion
click on "Search" under "Patents" heading on home page at
Full image viewing/printing requires special TIFF reader available for
download at the USPTO website. Requires turning-off the TIFF image reader
that is pre-set on most computers.
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