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Has your idea already been patented? 5 Ways to Find Out

Excited by a new idea, a young kid in my neighborhood ran up to me last night. He was playing with a bouncy ball, but kept losing it in the dark. Remembering some glow-in-the-dark stickers in his room, he figured a glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball would be a great idea too. I rewarded him for his creativity…told him it was a great idea…and gently let him know someone else had already thought of it. Save Time and Money Before You Patent Before you invest tons of time or money developing your big idea (or unnecessarily paying a patent attorney), you should spend a little time finding out if the idea has already been patented. The good news is preliminary patent searches aren’t difficult. And it could even make your idea better or more profitable. Here are the 5 ways inventors can find out if there is a patent on