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You should search prior patents and publications at the earliest1 of 1 people found this helpful
possible opportunity. Practitioners refer to this as a "novelty"
search. The primary reason for this is to avoid the futility and cost
of filing a patent application on an invention that someone else has
already patented. In addition, a search decreases the chances that you
will inadvertently infringe someone else's patent Still another reason for the search
is to obtain information about the state of the art of the technical
field of the invention which you may use to improve the invention and
increase it's marketability.
Welcome to the forum.
Here is the official US patent office site.
You can do your own preliminary search there. Search your idea in as many different ways as you can.
This is a good start. You will however need to get an attorney eventually. And as with everything,
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