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Freedom to Operate (FTO)

Freedom to operate (FTO) searches,also known as Clearance Search or Right to Use Search ensures commercial production, marketing and use of a new product/industrial designs; process or service does not infringe third party patents.

A well-researched FTO report avoids costly infringement proceedings and delays in product release.

Relevant observations and annotations highlight key references.

  • Search to provide reassurance that you will not infringe the valid IP rights of another
  • Data sources include non-expired patents that potentially read on your product or service
    • Only in countries of interest
    • Information for your search is derived from an analysis of your product or service
  • Results are used to draft an opinion. Often an invalidity search is performed on some of the identified patents