Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property)

Q: Hello, how do I check if the product I intend to sell has any competitor products that are patented?

I plan to sell on, I am a new seller and I am trying to understand the process of checking if any of the competitor products to my own, have existing patents. Can you help me understand how to check for patents on specific products?

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick

A: A patent attorney or patent agent can perform a "clearance search" or "freedom to operate" opinion for you. The USPTO and other international patent offices has databases for you to explore as well. The geographic scope of where you plan to sell will dictate which countries you should search. Good places to *start* would be google patents and "free patents online." Good luck.

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