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Patents: Inventor Assistance

Guide to searching among United States and foreign patents (prior art) to determine whether an idea can be patented.

Getting Help Searching and Applying for a Patent

An inventor can search for prior art and apply for a patent on his or her own but it is recommended that an inventor employs the services of a reputable patent attorney to prevent any mistakes or oversights in the patent research or application process.





USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program