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How do I know if my idea is "new"?

You have a plan. Before you stick a tail on it and call it a weasel, spend some time searching through free databases to check whether it is "new":


  1. Search through Google images.
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  3. Go to WIPO Search and add a query to the "English text" field.
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  5. In the results page, set: "View" to "All + Image"; and "List length" to "200". Note down the patent numbers that appear to be relevant.
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  7. Input each apparently relevant patent number in the Espacenet database and view the "Original document" to confirm whether it is relevant.
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  9. If relevant: click "Cited documents" viewing all documents in this list; and click "Citing documents" viewing all documents in this list. Note relevant patent numbers in these cited and citing documents lists.
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  11. Input each relevant cited / citing document in the Espacenet database and repeat steps 4 and 5.
  12. Continue cycling steps 4 to 6 until you stop coming across new documents. Then, consider restarting step 2 using a new search strategy.

Note ‐ a NDA can only protect information:

Need help with the search?

Our charge to conduct an international online patent search is US$375. The search takes about 5 business days, whereafter we send you our search report, copies of relevant documents and our suggestions regarding: what should be protected; and how to do so. All patent searches are done by a Patent Law Firm.


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