What other sources of competition could impact on the novelty and potential commercial success of your idea?
Patents can be filed that are obtuse and do not mention common words that are associated with the technology or companies may not always file patents if the technology improvements are too quick to fit in with the timeline of patent granting.
Therefore it is necessary to search the internet to find the prior art that is not patented or where the patent has not yet been granted.
When you find relevant products, you can save the technical specifications or webpage to your folder containing details of your competition.
Now that you have information on their product and their company, you can search the patent database to see if there is a detailed patent that did not appear in a search using keywords.
August 24, 2012