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Posted by: hillsideshortleg
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:57:29 AM »

You answered the questions I had and did not alter anything. I like the way you work. But I would like to hire you personally to do the patent search and give me your opinion and then I would use your package to follow through, IF I am allowed to.
Posted by: Brad
« on: January 13, 2019, 09:04:22 AM »

Sorry I did not mean to modify your post/question which was basically asking if we offer a patent search.    I tried to re-create it above. 

We do offer a search + opinion package here:

*Please note that we are not a professional patent search firm and only have access to free searching websites and tools so I can almost guarantee will will not find all of the most relevent patents out there.  Usually this search will tell us if it makes sense to drop it or it it warrants keep moving forward with the patent.

If you need a more detailed search I would suggest someone like Walsh IP:
(but with their search you will just get a list of results and may still need to hire an attorney or agent to go through the results to give you an opinion on how patentable it may be).
Posted by: hillsideshortleg
« on: January 12, 2019, 01:11:16 PM »

Is this something you can help with?

Posted by: Brad
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:42:24 AM »

If your initial goal is to figure out if something is patentable you may want to meet with a patent attorney or agent near you and show everything to them.    Note that some firms offer free consultations with inventors and some do not.  Make sure whoever you are working with is registered with the US Patent Office (link to search USPTO is below).   Expect to pay at least $500 for a quick search and opinion and up to $2,000 for a full patent search and patent opinion.

In either case you will never find an attorney willing to say "yes this is 100% patentable" or "no this is 100% not patentable" but usually you can get a good idea of how easy or difficult it would be to patent.

Also note that you must file your patent within 12 months of any public use or public disclosure so if you have put your invention on the internet or shown it to the public for example it may be too late for you to file your own patent.

You can also do your own free search on and just regular   If you see others have done the same thing as you in the past then you cannot get a patent on the same invention. 

Search for local patent attorneys or agents here:

Posted by: hillsideshortleg
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:08:14 PM »

Well I wish I did. I appreciate your willingness to answer questions and hope your making money in the long run. So whats the best way for me to move forward. I have came up with a product that uses electronics, assembled using a custom fabricated piece of metal to accomplish something that is not on the market. I really don't know how to proceed or even if I should proceed. I do know that it is a good idea but do not want to waist money if it is non patentable. Ive been working on it off and of for around 12 years and have picked it up again and feel I am going to push it till the end where ever that is. I do know there is a need for it as well as a market. My main slow down has been not knowing how to proceed.
Posted by: Brad
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:27:16 AM »

All of the above.

I would love nothing more than having inventors all post here and interact with each other but so far its mostly been a help page where I post responses to patent questions.

If you know of any way to help increase the actively here and increase posts from inventors I would be open to that.


Posted by: hillsideshortleg
« on: January 08, 2019, 05:33:21 PM »

I am trying figure out weather this is a forum where other inventors interact with each outer for advice or a help page where Brad gives the answers or a site that you can buy a form for filing or starting the patent process.
Thanks in advance.