Technologists and thinkers can have a “eureka moment” at any time. They see a problem and instead of just “dealing” with it, they create a solution. The solution can be a new product idea or a redesign of an existing product. In other words, an invention is born. One of the next steps is for the inventor to meet with a patent attorney. As eager as the inventor may be to get a patent application prepared and filed, especially now that all major patent jurisdictions, including the US, award the patent to the inventor who is the “first-to-file”, the patent attorney will advise that a patent search should first be performed. Here are five main reasons why it is important to perform a patent search.