I have an idea for an invention, where do I start?

It is best to reduce your idea to writing in order to document a date of invention. If possible, make one or more sketches of your invention and provide a description of how the invention is used, making note of any problems the invention solves. You should also provide a description of the parts or structure of the invention and how it improves upon other inventions in the related field. This written description and drawing(s) should be dated and witnessed. It will then be necessary to conduct a patent search in the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Due to the complexities of patent searching and the patent law, it is highly advisable to use the services of a registered patent attorney or agent for the patent search.

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