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Identify obstacles to product commercialization.

Our Freedom to Operate (FTO) search service helps identify potential patent barriers to commercializing your products or technologies. This due diligence process examines the claims language of third-party, in-force patents as a means of assessing your risk of potential infringement. The purpose of an FTO search is to identify in-force patents or published patent applications with claims that cover the technology, process, or product you are targeting.

You should conduct an FTO search to:

  • Support the clearance of your products, technologies, or processes
  • Conduct patent infringement risk assessments
  • Uncover licensing needs
  • Provide direction for your product development programs

Our FTO search includes:

  • In-force patents
  • Published pending patent applications
  • Expired patents (as potential clearing documents)
  • Performance of broad, full-text searches on patent databases in your particular countries of interest

What we need from you:

  • Technology or product description (in Microsoft® Word or PowerPoint format)
  • A clear definition of the features or subcomponents that require clearance
  • Novel structures, compounds, and/or compositions (for a pharmaceutical or industrial chemical search)
  • Scope of the search (e.g., countries in which to focus/target the search)
  • List of known competitors practicing in that area of technology (if available)
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