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A way to see if something is patented

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message: Where would a person go to find out if some other person or company already has a patent on an invention? Is there a website or can a company help out with that?

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It’s a common question, actually, so we thought we’d provide a couple of important links.

Of course, you can always go to That’s our nation’s patent office–the official website–and all the information about patents is right there.

You could also try, a website that tries to simplify patent searching.

Please let us know which works best for you or if you have other good resources you would recommend.

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Rich Sloan is chief startupologist and co-founder of StartupNation and host of StartupNation podcasts. He is also co-author of the acclaimed how-to book, StartupNation: America's Leading Entrepreneurial Experts Reveal the Secrets to Building a Blockbuster Business. Rich encourages you to [...]

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