Despite concurring emphasis by most IP practitioners, many inventors still take the unwise plunge to apply for a Patent or Trade Mark, solely and without commissioning any form of Professional Search. Sometimes, if the inventor has extensive knowledge on conducting searches accrued through practical experience spanning many years, they may get away with it. But most times the consequences can be devastating.
There are many reasons why an inventor may decide not to commission a Professional Patent Search, but one of the most common reason is that of cost. While some public libraries provide Intellectual Property research services at reasonable cost, most professional Patent research providers use proprietary software in the form of one or more subscription databases. This tends to drive costs upwardly, and may appear superfluous to smaller entities or individuals who do not have a set budget for IP protection. More