In some cases, inventors decide not to have a novelty search done and to proceed directly to filing a patent application
. However, this is commonly only the case where the field of the invention is evolving rapidly or where there is potential to immediately license or sell the invention. Unless you have a good reason for not doing so, we recommend your first step is to have an expert patent lawyer from IP Guardian perform a novelty search. This is because the patent process gets progressively more expensive and it is better to know sooner whether your invention is likely to be patentable or not.