When I was a practicing engineer at a big company, several of my invention disclosures found their way to patent attorneys. I was fortunate enough to work with a good one and a bad one, although at the time I could not distinguish between the two.
Posts Categorized: The Patent System
Prior art patents offer a wealth of information that goes untapped for virtually all inventors. There is a very small minority of inventors that actually search other patents looking for ideas.
One reason for such a minority is that searching prior art patents is a very difficult task, and one that should be much easier than it is.