How to check if an idea is patented?

How to check if an idea is patented?

Follow the below steps to find out how to check if an idea is patented, and understand why you should check for it, before you start the process of product design.

Why should you check if an idea is patented?

  • Verify if the product you want to invent already exists
  • Confirm if a patent is available
  • Check the status of a patent application

How to check if an idea is patented in the UK

You can use the Intellectual Property Office, including:

If you want to search for any of the below, there are different lists for these. A patent attorney can assist you in these areas.

  • Green Channel patent applications
  • existing patents that have a licence of right (that you can use)
  • expired or withdrawn patents

How to check if an idea is patented globally

You can use websites like Espacenet, which can confirm whether an idea has already been patented in the world. It includes data on owners, any relevant documents and the country for which that patent is regarding.

As a product design consultancy in the UK, we would highly recommend getting the official support of a patent attorney.

 

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