Beachwood, OH asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio

Q: I was wondering if the headband underneath a sunhat was patented yet..Thanks in advance

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: Short answer is that I do not know without looking. Eventually, you may want a patent attorney to help you. I am not sure whether you are looking to obtain a patent or just want to be clear of the patents for others. The searches for these two questions overlap but they are not exactly the same.

It would be smart to do some preliminary searching yourself to find easy to find patents. Once you have done this and learned something about this space, you will work more efficiently (i.e. spend less money) when working with a patent attorney or search firm.

Here is a slide set with pointers on using public tools to search for patents and published applications.

If you found this answer helpful, you may want to look at my answers to other questions about patent law are available at the bottom of my profile page at

Kevin E Flynn

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