Why Should You Do A Patent Search?
The purpose of a patentability search is determine whether or not your invention is new and novel. The USPTO only grants patents for new, non-obvious inventions. If there is any product that discloses your invention, which is called prior art, then you will not typically be able to obtain a patent on that invention. A search is necessary to help determine whether you are likely to obtain a patent on your invention.
If the patentability search results shows that you are not likely to obtain a patent on your invention then you are able to save the money that you would have spent on preparing, filing, and prosecuting your patent application. A patentability report searches current issued patents, published applications, articles, publications found in the U.S. and World.
If during the patentability search not all of the details of your invention is found, or that your invention is a patentable improvement over prior art, then you must decide whether it is worth pursuing a patent on the details that were not found during the search. However, there is a risk that the patentability search does not discover everything out there, so there is still a risk that the USPTO will not allow your patent application.
A patentability report ranges from $450 to $2000 depending on the complexity and the scope of the invention. However, in the long run it can save you all the time and money it costs if there is already prior art.