In 10 minutes you can know if your idea is patentable

Here you can know if your idea is patentable. This service allows you to quickly assess your idea in context of all U.S. patent documents. In 10 minutes you can be informed with an initial "do-it-yourself" patentability search. Your idea will be compared to over 10 million patent documents, and the most relevant results will be filtered based on multiple searches. A 2-page summary PDF report of these results will be prepared for you with an XLS file explicating the summary. Plus Online Bonus Materials!

All of this, in 10 minutes, for only $199.

Smart Patent Search at a Fair Price

To ascertain if your idea is patentable you need to know if it is "new" compared to previous patent documents.
This process is generally considered to be very difficult and costly.

Your idea

We will compare your idea to all U.S. patent documents. Your idea is not just keywords, but a natural description of the invention. The more detailed your description, the more accurate your resulting reports.

Search on steroids

We decompose your idea into keywords and concepts and perform multiple searches against the 10+ million patent documents (including applications). We identify the most relevant patent documents (~1000) using a comprehensive scoring algorithm across all performed searches.

Simple synthesized reports

For a single search, we provide a simple two-page PDF report. In addition, we offer bonus visualizations and two XLS files for data junkies.


Entreprenuers don't have the financial resources that NPEs (non-practicing entities) have. Receiving a "shakedown" letter from an agressive NPE can be daunting. These agressive NPEs are commonly refered to as "Patent Trolls" (Patent Assertion Entities PAEs). Patent Trolls will often target startups right after receiving new funding. These young companies have small or non-existant legal departments and are much more vulnerable to the uncertainties associated with patent litigation, meaning they are more likely to settle than undertake an expensive fight. Entering your product description into our search engine as your idea can at least give you an understanding of the patent landscape in which your business operates.

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In 10 minutes you can know if your idea is patentable

Details of Search Service

Basic Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy dictates that in order to secure monopolistic protection (called "exclusionary rights") for your invention, you must receive a patent in the country where you plan on marketing your product manifestation of your invention. Patent search can be daunting as you may have to compare your idea to ideas in foreign countries, but our service is a good starting point to "do-it-yourself initially" - we have all U.S. Patent documents, and we assume you are trying to market your invention in the U.S.
Your search is safe and secure.

Comprehensive Data

We have spent the last six years developing a comprehensive U.S. patent database (1790 - present) of all patent types.

Contiguous Data

We update the database weekly as newly issued patents (Tuesdays) and patent-pending applications (Thursdays) are published.

Clean Data

We are continually improving the quality and integrity of the data with artificial-intelligence algorithms and even manual review.

Natural Langauge Processing

Merging Mathematics and Statistics with Computer Science, we bring you transparent, objective findings of your idea in context of the U.S. patent document collection (corpus).

Nomological Capture

Smart Search on Steroids enables us to identify a subset of patent document relevant to your idea: most frequent words/concepts, most unique words/concepts, and so on.

Synthesis and Analysis

Millions of documents are filtered into about a 1000 document result set that is then analyzed. From this relevant corpus, executive summaries are generated in two simple PDF reports.

Simple results using Good Science

The fundamental premise of this service is that good science
is the key to compare your idea to all patent documents using multiple
natural-language-processing techniques to appropriately extract meaningful inference.

Natural Language Processing

Context and Syntax

Word Clouds

Summarized Synthesis

Topic Model

Conceptual meaning of text


Latent Dirichlet Allocation


Open Science with Open Source

Topic Sentence

Phrase proximity to develop concepts


Latent Semantic Analysis


Classifying concepts


Global and Local Versions



Video Intro

Example: Patent Rank and Marketing Science

To demonstrate our search service, we will use the dissertation of the founder as our idea. This document contains over 200 pages of text describing his invention. Literally, we select the entire document, copy and pasted into the search engine, and sit back and let the computer churn away.

After the meta-searches are completed, your first report will be generated and then the computer will churn again on sophisticated "result-specific" analysis of your words/concepts in context of this custom result set.

Try it Yourself

How it works

You need to begin with your idea, which describes your invention. The more descriptive your idea, the better your results. From this idea, we extract key words and concepts and perform several searches against all U.S. Patent Documents. We synthesize these multiple "metasearches" into a summary report of descriptive statistics. Finally, using this unique result set, we create a custom concept map using multiple natural language processing techniques.













Meet The Team


Founder, Ph.D. (Marketing)

Monte's dissertation "Patent Rank and Marketing Science" is the basis of the methods we use. Monte is the utility player that helps with marketing strategy, product design, application development, mathematics and statistics.


CEO / Sales

Not to be confused with Mark or Tobey, Ted is both affable and kind. With an "all-state" reputation in marketing and sales, it has been said that Ted can sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman wearing white gloves.


Search / Data Guru

Tung is the architect of the patent-data platform: clean, contiguous, and comprehensive. He recently started his Ph.D. program in Computer Science with an emphasis in Natural Language Processing.


Finance / Customer Service

We stole Natalya away from General Electric (GE) to work with us. Brain drain for them (a la Nikola Tesla), a gain for us. The only thing in the world she likes more than helping our customers is cats.

Price Comparisons (Search)

Our "10-minute Do-It-Yourself Initially" Search Service
Basic Patentability Search
> $499
Basic Patentability Search with Legal Opinion
> $999

Price Comparisons (Patenting)

Do-It-Yourself Provisional Patent Application
< $500
Do-It-Yourself Patent Application / Prosecution
~ $1500
Lawyer-Guided Patent Application / Prosecution

Our History

On a laptop connected to an external harddrive, Monte began harvesting and parsing patent data for his dissertation.

As an inventor and academic, he saw the weaknesses with patent-search technologies available, and believed he could offer better services.

Monte completes his dissertation "Entrepreneurial Innovation: Patent Rank and Marketing Science" and is concurrently awarded a Ph.D. in Marketing and a M.S. in Statistics.

Entrepreneurial Innovation, LLC is founded by Monte with an objective to bring good science to patent analytics.

Entrepreneurial Innovation (DBA Patent Rank) is awarded a small-business-innovation-research SBIR grant for its innovative technologies.

Kentucky's matching grant program brought a portion of this enterprise to Lexington, injecting the enterprise with talented computer scientists.

Entrepreneurial Innovation (DBA Patent Rank) is awarded a small-business-innovation-research SBIR grant for its innovative technologies.


We take your idea and dissect it into words, phrases and concepts. Using multiple search technologies we compare your idea to 10+ million U.S. patent documents and synthesize the results into a summary document and detailed XLS file.

From this result set, we do custom concept/topic analysis (using natural-language-processing techniques) comparing your idea to the most relevant patent documents and provide insights into what has been patented, what technologies and labels are used in such patenting, and how far your idea is away from patents and patent-pending applications.
First, "Be Prepared." You need to have carefully thought about your invention and taken the time to write a description of your invention. This can be a challenge for many inventors as writing may not be their forte. The more descriptive and explicated the idea, the better our results will be.
Second, "Do It Now." Spend a few dollars now to be immediately informed about your idea in context of all other patent-related ideas established through the USPTO.
Third, "Review and Reflect."
Fourth, "Decide to Decide."
Before a public disclosure of your invention, an inventor needs to file (minimally) a provisional patent application. This also establishes the "priority date" of the invention. With the new AIA (America Invent's Act), the U.S. system is now a first-to-file system, so the provisional patent application is important. This Act also created a Grace Period for an inventor (See Section 102b.)

And yes, your idea is safe with us.

Your idea is safe and secure

Since March 2013, the U.S. has become a first-to-file patent system meaning the first one to file a patent application is first in line to be awarded exclusionary rights with their invention (an invention's priority date). You certainly need to be concerned about getting at least a provisional patent filed, once you have deemed your invention patentable and worthwhile. We are in the business of enabling and informing you with our smart-search platform. In 10 minutes you can know if your idea is worth pursuing as a patent.


Pricing Options

Patent searching is difficult and generally takes a long time to execute. Below, we outline some of your options, highlighting our choice as better, faster, cheaper. A very basic patent search (e.g., by a company in India) may start at $499. More sophisticated legal opinions obviously cost much more, and can cost thousands of dollars. What exactly they are doing behind the scenes to perform the search is unknown (?) and the summary reports are variable and many times difficult to digest.

  • FREE  
  • Keywords Basic / Advanced
  • N/A
  • 1975 - present (patents)
  • 2001 - present (apps)
  • 20+ hours ?
  • Do it yourself
  • Try it
  • > $499 per search
    Basic search
  • ?
  • 2+ weeks
  • Contact Us
  • >> $999 per search
    Legal Opinion
  • ?
  • 4+ weeks
  • Contact Us


This service was designed by an inventor specifically with inventors, entreprenuers, and business managers in mind.

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Additional information has been prepared in case you want to learn more about patentability search and the patenting process.

How Does Patenting Work?

How Does Patenting Work?

A patent is basically a monopolistic protection for a duration of time granted by a government to an individual. Some of the earliest patents were granted to inventors of Murano Glass (Venice Republic 1450). King James of England (~1600) was forced to dissolve the practice of the "king bestows a monopoly for X years to his friend" which under Queen Anne became a system or procedure utilized in England and adopted by those involved with the creation of the U.S. Patent (and Trademark) Office in America (most notably Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson). [...]

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What is Patentability Search?

Patent searching is done to determine patentability of a new invention or the validity of an existing patent. Other reasons include clearing or determining infringement risks involved in commercializing a new product. [...]

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We have endeavored to comply with all known legal and ethical requirements in creating this service. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only as a service to the public, and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel. It does, however, represent a statistically and scientifically sound summary of your idea in relation to U.S. patent documents based on Bayesian Statistics, Word Sense Disambiguation, Latent Semantic Analysis, Latent Dirichlet Allocation, and other natural-language-processing techniques.

Contact Us
Entrepreneurial Innovation, LLC
(DBA Patent Rank)
3553 Forest Cove Ln
Lexington, KY 40515

TedM's cell: (520) 490-0572

MonteS's cell: (509) 592-7592