By: Kevin Wolfe
Before filing for a patent, a designer or inventor must always perform a patent search. If an inventor files a patent application without conducting a search, he or she risks the chance of stealing an idea. A patent search is usually free, and a patent attorney will typically perform a search at no extra cost. The Unites States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, provides a website that allows inventors to search for previously registered inventions.
A free patent search can easily be done by entering keywords into the search engine on the USPTO website. The more specific the keywords are, the better the search results will most likely be. Searching for the