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MrSMITH

Patent Questions
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:01:30 AM »
I read your articles about patents. I heard that if you patent your idea no one can use the idea. If that person patent the idea first is that true. Also, at Patentfile do you help with finding if your patent is already been filed by someone else.

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Re: Patent Questions
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 11:16:07 AM »
Thanks for your questions.

1.  If you get a patent on an idea first then you can sue other people to stop copying you.  The patent office will not enforce your patent so it will be up to you.  It can be very expensive (hundreds of thousands of dollars to enforce a patent).

2.  We do not specialize in doing patent searches.  There are other providers out there who can do this better than we can.   However, we will do a brief search (2 to 3 hours) before we take on a new Premium Client.  There are over 8 million patents out there in the United States alone so there is always the chance we (or another searcher) may miss something.

Thank you,
Brad
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