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How Can I Know If My Idea Is Patented By Someone Else?


If you’ve come up with an idea, then you probably want to know if anyone else has patented it. The good news is that there’s a lot of information available online about this topic. The bad news is that much of it is difficult to understand and navigate unless you know how patents work in general. We’re here to help! Here are some ways that you can find out whether someone else has filed for something similar:

Search the USPTO database.

The USPTO database is a searchable database of patents. You can search by patent number and patent title, or even by the name of an inventor. For example, if you have an idea for a new type of device that will protect against cyber-attacks and want to know if someone has patented it before you go ahead with your own invention, you could do a Google search for “Patent Title“+”Patent Number” followed by “patent title” plus “patent number” in order to find out which patents contain those terms within their titles (for example: “patent title” plus “patent number” equals “Patent Title”).

Check the patent owner’s website.

  • Check out the patent owner’s website.
  • The patent owner’s website should have information about their business, including contact information and links to products or services they offer. If you can’t find any of these things on a particular site, then there’s no way to know whether or not that company has been granted a patent for an idea you may have thought up yourself!

Go to Google and do a search for the phrase “patent “.

Searching for “patent” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website is a great way to get an idea of what other people are doing. The patent office has a search engine that lets you search for patents by keyword, and it will show you all the patents that have been issued since your initial search term was entered.

You can also use Google as a way to find out if someone else has already patented your idea before you do so yourself. For example, if you want to know if there are any companies selling similar products or services (like yours), type in “company selling similar product” into Google and see what comes up!

Search on USPTO and see if anyone else has filed for something similar.

Search on the USPTO website and look for any results that might be similar to your idea. If a patent has been filed, it will appear in the search results.

You can find out whether someone else has already patented your idea with a little research.

You can find out whether someone else has already patented your idea with a little research.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains an extensive database of patents that includes information about who owns those patents, their status, and when they were issued. You can search the USPTO database by entering phrases like “patent” or “patent application” into Google, but you should also check the patent owner’s website to see if they list any specific information about their patent applications on this page: https://www.uspto.gov/web/grants/.

If you’ve done this work yourself, then congratulations! Your idea is not patented by anyone else at this time—but there may still be other people who have filed for similar ideas in hopes of obtaining some form of compensation from investors who see an opportunity here as well (and perhaps even get paid off before yours does).


It’s always a good idea to check whether anyone else has patented an idea before you start working on it. If someone else has filed for a patent, then they may have priority over your application and it could be risky to proceed with your own application. You can do this by looking at the USPTO database and seeing if there are any other patents that match up with what you’re doing. If there aren’t any matches in this way, then perhaps it means that no one has filed a patent application yet!

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