A patent is a government granted right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention or importing the invention for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. The intellectual property lawyer helps businesses with all of their patent application, patent prosecution, and patent litigation needs.
A U.S. patent is generally a grant of a right from the federal government to an inventor to exclude others from making, selling, using, or importing the claimed invention in the U.S. in exchange for the inventor’s disclosure of the invention to the public. The inventor’s disclosure must generally be written in a manner that allows one of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention based on the disclosure.
A patentable invention may be any process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter that is new, useful, and non-obvious over what has already been practiced as explained in the article on https://sites.duke.edu/perspective/2018/11/12/bringing-ideas-to-the-world-with-inventhelp/ in details.
A patent search may help the patent applicant evaluate the likelihood of obtaining a patent of a desired scope before the applicant spends a substantial amount in preparing the patent application. A patent search may also reveal some potentially conflicting patent, which may pose a patent infringement liability to the applicant.
Although an applicant may conduct a free patent search, such as using the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website, the applicant may find it very easy to miss a particular keyword that might bring out the relevant prior art. The applicant may also be overwhelmed with the amount of references a search query may reveal. Therefore, a professional patent help such as InventHelp agency is highly recommended.