I have recently developed an idea for a new type of shoe. It was one of those ideas that just come to you out of nowhere while I was doing something totally unrelated to it. Even though it may be hard to believe, I don`t typically think about shoes.
I have done some VERY basic research and can`t seem to find this shoe design anywhere on the web or patented through the USPTO. Obviously I could be totally wrong and this very shoe might indeed exist...
My question is: What is the best and cheapest route to go about conducting further patent research on this idea to be ABSOLUTELY certain the shoe idea isn`t already taken? I don`t want to pay the patent application fees only to find out it`s already patented by someone else. Another issue is I don`t have the time to do thorough research myself. What can I do in this situation?
Thanks for any pointers you may have!
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it...