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Competitive Advantages & Challenges
U. S. patent databases
If you have a unique idea and you don't want others to 'steal' it, you will need to receive a patent for the idea from the U.S. Patent Office. Before applying for a patent, and before utilizing a new idea, you will want to search the patent literature to make sure that the idea is not already protected by an existing patent.
Explore Census Data
Easy access to U.S. census data; coverage includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Begin with the Census Bureau (www.census.gov) for access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States as well as a wealth of other data.