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Let's say there's a product that is no longer made for a long time. I loved it and want to build my own. Then, I think to myself, if I upgraded it, made it better, "I could make a MILLION." After the sweat dried up and my pulse normalized, I wondered about patents. What is the best, fastest, and least expensive way to find out if I would be infringing on current patents?

posted Wednesday 5 of June 2013 by Brian [patent searches]

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You have a patent clearance search done. Just the search may cost $1500. Then comes the analysis as to whether you're infringing. That part can cost between $2500 and $25,000, depending on the complexity of the question. Unfortunately, there is no fast way, and no quick way, as this process will take you at least a month, and perhaps three, again, depending on the complexity. Let me know if you have further questions.

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When you think you might have an invention with sales potential, immediately discuss the idea with a registered patent practitioner
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