Before applying for a patent, many inventors choose to conduct a patent search. Given that patent searches usually cost less than 25% of what a patent application costs, we encourage inventors to conduct patent searches. We employ a network of searchers as well as our own attorneys to conduct professional searches. In many cases, searches locate prior art that is very relevant to an invention, and enable a patent attorney to more skillfully draft the disclosure and claims of a patent application. This can make the difference between your invention receiving strong protection or no protection at all. If you have a question or issue regarding patent searches, please feel free to reach out to us via telephone or email. You may also fill out our online inquiry form and we will strive to get back to you within 24 hours.