Jan 9, 2020

Do a US Patent Search

Tips: one year grace period in US for self-disclosure

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== Tips ==
 
== Tips ==
 
*A patent search may be either for "clearance" search or a "prior art" search. "Clearance" is for avoiding violation of the rights of others who already have patents. A "prior art" search is for determining whether you may patent it yourself, in view of all existing public uses and publications, not just patents. There are different criteria for each type of search.
 
*A patent search may be either for "clearance" search or a "prior art" search. "Clearance" is for avoiding violation of the rights of others who already have patents. A "prior art" search is for determining whether you may patent it yourself, in view of all existing public uses and publications, not just patents. There are different criteria for each type of search.
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*Under US patent laws, your OWN publication, public use, sale, offer to sell, or disclosure of your invention to others, prior to filing an application, may start a one-year grace period, allowing you to still claim "novelty" of your invention, but other countries may use your own disclosure as "prior art" to deny your patent there.
   
 
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