- A scrutiny of public information to ascertain if an invention is unique and not easily deducible by people proficient in the corresponding field. This exercise typically starts with previously awarded patents, then encompasses other resources like scholarly articles and papers portraying non-patented inventions
- Before filing a patent application, conducting a patent search is vitally important to avoid infringement issues.
- The inventor found her innovative design was already patented during her patent search.
- Despite his confidence, the entrepreneur's patent search revealed a similar product already in existence.