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You don't have to worry about anything when saying that your invention is patented, as long as it actually is patented.
When saying your invention is patentable, yes you should have had a good patent search completed. A lot of people "know" that their idea has not yet been patented, but that doesn't change the fact that it actually has been patented before (or is otherwise non-patentable) when that happens to be the case.
Of course, elaborating on SKU's post, depending on why you need to get the government involved, there is good and bad news: 1.) it doesn't necessarily matter if the idea is patentable, because the government can likely use it without penalty in either event, 2.) along these lines, you don't necessarily stand to profit at all from bringing the idea to the attention of government. This is assuming you are in the US, at least.