Before applying for an innovation patent, you should search to see if there is anything similar in the market which may affect the likelihood of your patent being certified.
You must keep your invention secret until you have applied for patent protection. You can still talk to your employees, business partners or advisers about your invention, but make it clear that the information is confidential. You may even consider having them sign a non-disclosure agreement.
$? - search conducted by an intellectual property (IP) professional.
Length of search process
There is no set time for the search to be conducted.