DIY Patent Search - How to Save on Patents
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DIY Patent Search - How to Save on Patents

Learn how to do a patent search for your idea before spending money on prototypes and patents.
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Last updated 4/2020
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  • 35 mins on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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What you'll learn
  • Know how to search for relevant patents to support their new ideas or move them to brand new ones. With the right information, talking to attorneys about filing a patent should be easier and less expensive since you will be supplying the attorney with documents you have found in your search.
  • Basic internet and a healthy dose of patience as you start to make your dream a reality.

Learn a fast and easy way to save money by searching for patents before you hire a patent agent or an attorney. It will save you time, money and may even help you strengthen your idea. This course is more for inventors with product ideas than those with technology ideas.

If you are an inventor or entrepreneur, you will want to protect your idea. How do you know if your idea has been done before? Start the search before you see an attorney. Considering the fact that patent searches cost anywhere from $400 to $1800, you will save money by giving the attorney some of the information they will need to write your patent if you chose to move forward.

Who this course is for:
  • New inventors will be able to search effectively to see if their idea has already been patented. It will show how to read patents. The course is NOT designed to help you write the patent. We are not attorneys.
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Find out if your idea has already been patented before you spend money on engineering, prototypes or attorneys. This course will teach you how to search for patents, how to read a patent and show you what you need to take to an attorney or patent agent to save yourself time and money. It may also shorten the time it takes to get a patent by filing a better patent application. The best part of this class may be that you find similar ideas that help you strengthen your idea.

Learn the first steps to take before spending thousands $$

  • How to Search
  • What to look for
  • Reading Patents
  • Save Time
  • Save Money

Every inventor we have ever talked to has heard about the perils of being ripped off and that is why we are doing this. We have seen it first hand and want to help inventors get the right information to move forward. We believe that knowledge is power. We also want to help save you money so you have something left over for prototypes and marketing.

This is the beginning of your journey. It is not a course on writing a patent application nor is it intended as a substitute for hiring a professional patent agent or an attorney. The intention is to get you familiar with the process, the language to help you find relevant information to give the agent or attorney thereby speeding up the process and ultimately saving you money.

There are many moving parts to getting a product on the market and this is just the beginning. You may find that your idea has already been done. Is your idea better or does it solve the problem in a substantially different way? Then go for it! We wish you much success.

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Carolyn Keane & Jim Reidy have a passion for helping inventors and entrepreneurs.  Both are patent holding inventors and have coached several inventors on their journey.

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Course Objectives are to help new inventors & entrepreneurs navigate the Unites States Patent & Trademark website. By learning how to search for and read a patent, they will be more informed which will help when they contact an attorney.

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You have a great idea. Everyone is going to love it and want to buy it, but what do you do first?

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Searching the Market differently to see if your idea has already been done.

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Before you spend money on prototypes, engineering, and filing for a patent, there are things you will need to know. 

Why You Should do Patent Research

Learning how to search patents on google is an important step you won't want to miss.  It will make the rest of your research more beneficial. Google constantly updates their database. It may look a bit different but the information is the same. They take the data from the USPTO - United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Google Patent Search

Once you have found patents that are similar to your idea, you need to know what the information is and how to use it.

How do you read a Patent on Google?

There are different types of patents listed on google and the USPTO. You will need to know the difference and which one might apply to you.

Has the Patent been Granted or is it an Application?

Learn how to save the information you find for future reference. This is the information you will give to an attorney to write your application more effectively - saving you time and money.

Saving a Patent You Have Found

Patent Citations are a key factor in your search. They will shorten your searching for relevant patents once you know how to research them.

Patent Citations and How They Will Help You

Classification Codes Explained - The filing system for the USPTO. It has been combined so this is evolving.

Classification Codes Explained

The USPTO - United States Patent & Trademark Office - has a lot of valuable information. This is the intro into the site. intro

This will show you how to navigate the USPTO. It is a brief look at the site.

Searching on

Brief overview of patents according to the USPTO

Different Types of Patents

You have done all of this research and now what?  It is time to think about when to file for a patent, if that is what you decide to do. And who do you use? How do you select an attorney? Here are a few key points to consider.

And after that? What comes next? We have a few suggestions and would love to hear from you about what topics you would like us to cover. Please leave us comments and suggestions and of course any questions you might have.  Keep inventing daily!

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Instructors Bio's

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