Can I find a lawyer who will perform a patent search with a guarantee? 2 Answers as of October 15, 2010

Can I get an absolute guarantee one way or the other when an attorney performs a patent search? I have heard otherwise but have no idea why.

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Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
There is no way a patent attorney can guarantee that a patent search will provide all relevant references to your invention. The available subject matter is any patent, publication, magazine, book, blog, website, or anything else that has been available to the public prior to your invention. Considering the vast breadth of material, a patent attorney will do the best he can, but no guarantee is feasible under these circumstances.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/15/2010
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
There is never a guarantee with a patent search . Keep in mind only patents that are over 18 months old can be searched although they can serve as a basis to reject your patent.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 10/11/2010
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