How do you search for a patent, yourself?
Yes - actually you can do your own patent searching. There are today plenty of patent search engines to help you do just that. There are any number of ways for you to do this and I hope you find the information here useful.
Patent searching yourself is very doable. To be perfectly honest though it can be tedious if you have never done it before and are not excited about reading through many dense patents. Your other option of course is to hire a patent search firm to do it for you and save your time.
The most familiar service to many can be found at the patent search engines of United States Patent Office .
Frankly, my preferred online search is the one at Patsnap. There is both a free version, and a much more sophisticated on that I use in my practice. It can be found at patsnap.com. There are many other good search resources, and many of them are free. they only consume your time!