Why does the application ask us to research similar inventions to our own?
That is one of the first steps all inventors take to see if their idea is unique or "novel" -one of the patentability tests. It can be really tricky to see if your invention is novel. Don't be discouraged if you find products or devices that are similar, your idea could have its own unique twist that is patentable.
Do your research carefully and identify the differences between your idea and the similar inventions you find. You might even be inspired with new ideas after you see what products/devices are already publicly disclosed.
Check back to learn more about other patentability tests!
About the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship
For those of you new to our program, we are the Inventioneers, a non-profit public charity. We began as a FIRST® LEGO® League
(FLL®) team back in 2004 and had amazing success in that program (we still need to pinch ourselves every once in a while).
We were the four time NH State FLL® Champions and in April of 2010, we earned the Champions Award at the FLL® World Festival
in Atlanta, GA.
We have a utility patent pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).