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When you first get an idea for an invention, it may feel like nothing stands in your way. But one of the key obstacles that all inventors must face is actually proving that your invention is unique. For an invention to receive a patent it must meet three criteria: usefulness, novelty, and non-obviousness. And to ensure that your invention meets these criteria, you can start by performing a prior art search.

While many inventors forget this step, many patent lawyers will recommend that you perform this search.

What is a prior art search?
By performing a prior art search, an inventor can ensure that their product is original. Through this search, you can find out whether your invention is already known in some way. This can be in the form of a design, concept, or actual invention. It can also involve anything that is similar to your invention. Patent lawyers can help you through this process and identify whether there is prior art for your invention. While this process may make it more difficult to obtain patents, it can also ensure that only original ideas hit the market.

Why is a prior art search important?
For most inventors, conducting a prior art search is a significant time and money saver. By checking for prior art, an inventor can avoid going through the patent filing process. You can also avoid facing any lawsuits that come as a result of copyright or trademark violations. You want to use your patent budget with intention, so a prior art search can set the groundwork for this process.

Since the patent process is so strict, it's essential to work with an attorney. By doing so, you can protect your assets and ensure that you are working toward a patent in the most efficient way possible. You can then get closer to securing your patent and making your invention a reality -- without facing lawsuits in the process.

Looking for a patent lawyer? DFW Patent Law has the experience you can trust. Our qualified team has a vast knowledge of patent law and is here to work with you. Contact us today for a consultation.

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