It takes time and money to develop a product. You should therefore ensure that you do not simply 'reinvent the wheel'. By searching through patent literature, you can glean a great deal of important information, such as information about what other people have already invented.
This will enable you to make a well-considered decision: either to stop or to continue developing and/or patenting.
- What is information from patents?
- How do you search for patents?
- Patent databases and registers
- Found it, so what do I do now?