Did you ever wonder if you idea is new? Patents are a great source of technical and competitor information. You may not be a professional researcher but today’s freely available, search tools are extremely powerful and easier to use. Check out this review of four leading search tools including Espacenet, Google Patents, PATENTSCOPE, and The Lens. Patent Searching Using Free Search Tools
Have you checked out Global Dossier at the USPTO? This resource provides the information that is found in Public Pair but it does so for the US, EU, CN, JP, and KR. Imagine getting international patent prosecution documents in English.
The USPTO recently published an article that you may find interesting. Global Dossier
You can go directly to Global Dossier at https://globaldossier.uspto.gov/#/