Prior Art Search
One of the first steps in the patent process is a search of previous technology in order to check if the idea, or something similar to it, has already been patented or publicly disclosed. A proper prior art search usually requires extensive technical background and expertise in patent law. However, even with these qualifications, it can be time consuming to sift through the over seven million U.S. patents, current applications, and abandoned ones. The team at American Patent Agency excels at navigating existing prior art in a time-efficient fashion, which is crucial to how quickly the patent is issued.