There is a fair amount of confusion surrounding patent-related searches. This article attempts to clarify the nature of patent searches so that inventors and managers of IP will be better prepared to base their business decisions upon reliable information.
Imagine the scenario: a young, creative person experiences joy from solving a long, perplexing technical problem. He has never seen anything like his invention, and he believes that its novelty warrants the seeking of patent protection.
The inventor seeks information from internet-based search engines such as Google. His informal searches use key words. His searches do not uncover anything to discourage him, but he recognises that he should seek the advice of a patent attorney. Continue Reading