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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Should I have a patent infringement search conducted for a simple product?

What is an FTO search? Also known as a Freedom-To-Operate (FTO) or right-to-use search, a patent infringement search looks for patents that may cover a product or service. An infringement search involves a careful comparison of the patent claims to the product to be sold, as opposed to a novelty search which focuses on the patent drawings […]

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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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