How can you check the status of a patent? 1 Answers as of August 24, 2010

I found a patent pending for an idea that is essentially the same as one of my own. However, I cannot find whether or not it has been approved or whether there is continued research. What is the easiest way for me to determine this information?

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Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
By hiring a patent agent or patent attorney to do a proper search. Private parties seldom have the training and expertise to do so.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/24/2010
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