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At the point of applying it would a patent examiner or searcher employed by the patent office not a court. If it ever gets to court the court does no searching but the other party certainly does. I recommend searches for several reasons. (1) Paying a professional to draft and file an application could be between $6k and $20k. A professional searcher will ...


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I think the rational for doing a prior art search is that it is expensive to hire a lawyer to draft and file patent applications so if there is some killer prior art you are better of knowing about it. Additionally if there is some close prior art, you may be better off acknowledging it and pointing out in the application why your invention is patentable ...


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