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.

When Should You
Conduct an FTO Search?

To support the clearance
of your products,
technologies, or processes

To conduct patent
infringement risk

To uncover
licensing needs

To provide direction for
your product
development programs

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


A paragraph or single page description of the invention, with the novel steps clearly delineated (drawings are often helpful); or


A clear definition of the features or sub components 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)