Typically inventors believe that their idea is new because they haven’t seen the product on the market. Unfortunately every year a large number of patents are filed around the world which never progress to a commercially viable product. Patent databases can contain a number of patents for inventions which are never marketed. Therefore in order to determine if your invention is new a patent database search should be completed by a patent searching professional. However as a first step, you can complete a simple keyword search for your invention on either the US Patent database or the European patent database. For more information please contact us.