Q: How do i find out if something is already patent?
To get a final answer, you will need to work with a patent attorney that will commission a search. But you can take some initial steps on your own. You can use the free search tools and some tips on DIY searches listed in my slide set https://bit.ly/Patent__Searching .
You can also look at products that are on sale. Those product should list the patents that cover the product. In some instances, failure to list a patent that covers the patent means that the patent owner forfeits damages -- so there is a big incentive to mark products with patents.
Every product is a mix of things that are old and some ideas that are new. So when you search for patents on a product, you may have to search several new features. An automobile may have hundreds of patents that cover different components or systems in a car.
I hope that this helps you get started.
Kevin E Flynn
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