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freedom to operate search

Freedom To Operate Search

While working in a competitive environment, one small mistake can cause damage to various resources including your time, assets and money also open gates to various litigations which are completely avoidable, if you perform an in-depth Freedom to Operate search.

First of all, let’s understand What Freedom to Operate (FTO) mean in IP?

 As the name suggests, Freedom to Operate means that a company has the liberty to involve in trade activities like the development, manufacturing and selling of a product without impacting the IP rights of an individual or a company. Freedom to Operate search enables a company to determine whether its product or procedure is infringing the claims of an active patent. A Freedom to Operate search is also known as a Clearance Search, Right to Use Search and Non-Infringement Opinion.

Why is the FTO search done?

The main purpose of the Freedom to operate search (FTO Search) is to investigate the patent landscape so that active patents that may prevent you to operate freely can be discovered. Also, Freedom to operate search (FTO Search) helps you to predict and avoid any Patent infringement and litigation risk beforehand.

Who should conduct an FTO search?

To determine whether a product or procedure could be done in a specific jurisdiction any individual inventor or a company can conduct an FTO search. This will help to gain 100% confidence that there will be no litigation risk or patent infringement in the future.

At what stage of the product cycle freedom to operate FTO search is usually performed?

Ideally, an FTO search is done before launching a product in the market. But, the best time to conduct an FTO search is when your product is in the development stage because your product will be infringing on anyone’s active patent. You can make modifications to your product without any issues as it becomes difficult to do so when you are about to launch your product.

How does Wissen Research process your Freedom to Operate Search?

  • Wissen Research develops various search strategies/techniques to identify relevant patents that your invention may infringe on.
  • Our goal is to look for keywords that will assist in the discovery of an invention/product in the claims section of patent applications.
  • Analyzing the patents and peer at individual claims. Investigate barriers to entry, or patents and technology that are consistent to obstruct the client’s quest for an intellectual property patent. “Eradicate” results that aren’t pertinent, and keep the subset of patents that present an issue.
  • Examine solutions to potential problems. For example, look at the patent status, potential expiration, and/or research, and prepare an invalidity opinion.
  • Present the outcomes to the client and show the potential intellectual property (IP) issues and solutions, and make suggestions towards a plan for moving forward.

How does Wissen Research assist you in your FTO Search?

Wissen Research team benefits the client in a thorough exploration of the claims in a utility patent that enable the client to acknowledge certain critical characteristics that must be avoided in the product. This empowers the client to design around the patent by modifying future versions of the product.

The idea of Freedom to Operate search (FTO search) is to offer the client a list of patents upon which their product or technology could be infringing. Benefits of Freedom to Operate Search

    • FTO search saves a great deal of time and capital and enables you to construct a business system that is secure and suitable.
    • Convenience in safeguarding the launch of your product.
    • FTO search also empowers the developer team to discover some novel ideas and thoughts from the expired patents provided by us.

Why choose Wissen Research to conduct your FTO search?

  • More than 7 Years of IP Services Experience.
  • 150+ full-time and access to 400+ industry experts/consultants.
  • Average experience is 7+ years completed 2000+ Patent Search projects
  • Having multilingual capabilities covering almost 100+ Countries.