How to design around patents

What is a design around? A design around refers to a product that has been intentionally designed or modified to avoid patent infringement. The goal of a design around is to reduce the risk of a patent lawsuit or, if sued, to avoid or minimize liability for infringement. In order to design around patents, you […]

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What is a freedom to operate (FTO) or infringement search?

What is an infringement search? A patent infringement search goes by a few other names: freedom to operate (FTO), product clearance, patent clearance, infringement clearance, etc. The crux of an infringement search is to assess the risk of patent infringement associated with a particular product. Most seasoned patent attorneys would wisely warn their clients that […]

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What is a (novelty vs. validity vs. freedom-to-operate) patent search?

Different types of patent searches There are 3 main types of patent searches: patentability search (aka novelty search); freedom-to-operate (FTO) search (aka right-to-use or infringement search); and patent validity search. What is a patentability search? The main distinction between these patent searches relate to the difference between what is patentable vs. what infringes.  Also known as a novelty […]

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