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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hey everyone, I’m talking about the five steps on how to do a patent search using ChatGPT or other AI systems like Google. I’m J.D. Houvener, owner, and founder here at Bold Patents Law Firm. I’m a patent attorney, and I’ve been at this for almost 10 years. Excited to be with you, talking about this important subject matter in this wildly popular trend of AI and using ChatGPT systems.

So, basic introduction: you’ve invented something, and you want to do some initial diligence before talking with a patent attorney. Good on you, that’s awesome and very thoughtful. You know, you don’t want to go spending what could be thousands of dollars hiring a patent attorney expert on a new invention that you haven’t even researched on your own. So, you owe it to yourself to do that initial research. What I’ve said for years and years is to begin doing a Google Search, and there’s still nothing wrong with doing that. But now, with the power of AI and some of these ChatGPT systems, you ought to just go give it a shot. This five-step process will kind of walk you through how to use that to level up your initial patent search. So, you can come in and talk with your patent attorney having a load of information, more than you would have before, to make your original invention disclosure even better.

Step 1: Define the scope of your invention

This can be pretty tricky. As an inventor, you want to have the biggest world-indenting impact possible. You may already have something you’ve built or something in mind that you want as your solution to the problem you’ve identified. But the scope is important. You should put it into words – what is it that you’ve created? Use vocabulary broad enough to cover different versions of your invention, including materials, different types of mechanics, and the software side. Define how it might be used in different industries.

Step 2: Enter keywords into the ChatGPT system

Once you have the keywords, enter them into the ChatGPT system. Just type away and have some fun with it. Ask questions. The beauty of these systems is that they use natural language, and you can ask it just like you would another human being.

Step 3: Review the results

You’ll need to produce two, three, four, five, or even ten or more prompts to get the results you’re looking for. ChatGPT will provide actual patent documents, and you’ll need to begin looking at the results. It might be overwhelming, but it’s a place to start. Read through the abstract or the first few pages of the patent documents to see what is already out there.

Step 4: Refine the prompts

Once you look at the results, refine the prompts. If you found a non-lethal mouse trap that uses a sponge, but your idea involves using an electrode to shock the mouse into an unconscious state, refine your prompts accordingly. Specify electric shock or providing an electric impulse to the animal.

Step 5: Decide how to move forward

If you’ve done the research, refined the prompts, and it seems like there’s nothing else out there like it, and you think the difference is big enough to make a market impact, then you should go book a consultation with a patent attorney.

If you want to book a free screening session with our firm, we’ll get a link down below to do just that. It’s a call to see if now is the right time to see if your invention is bold and worthy of moving forward. You’ll speak with one of our client services representatives, and we’ll go to schedule time for you to speak with a patent attorney, discern eligibility, and then decide on patentability.

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About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at