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Patent research is a tedious but important part of the patent process. Infringing on a patent can result in a lawsuit, so you need to make sure your idea isn't already taken. Here are the steps you can take to research for a patent.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Patent Research TipsWrite the details of your patent project including keywords that describe or define your creation.
Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in person or online. You can go to the main USPTO in Alexandria, Va., or one of the USPTO libraries located throughout the United States. If you can't make it in person, you can visit USPTO.gov.
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