A freedom to operate search or review is basically an analysis to see if you can sell (commercialize) your product without infringing someone's patent rights. Also known as an FTO review, the purpose is to assess the risk of patent infringement for a particular product or service.
FTO searches can be conducted at different stages of product development, such as the initial stage, before launching the product in the market, or after obtaining a patent for the product or process. It is recommended to conduct an FTO search as early as possible in the development cycle to avoid potential infringement issues later.
If FTO analysis shows any potential infringement risks, there are various strategies that we can pursue to mitigate those risks. These strategies include:
PatseanIP has developed a unique approach to conducting FTO studies that involves combining advanced search strategies with a deep understanding of the relevant technology and markets. This approach has enabled us to identify good prior art and potential blocking patents. Our methodology includes:
The cost of an FTO (Freedom to Operate) search can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the technology, the scope of the search, the number of jurisdictions to be covered, the type of analysis required, and the expertise of the search provider. We are an experienced FTO search provider where we can tailor our services to meet your specific needs and budget. We can also provide transparent and detailed pricing information upfront.
It is also essential to keep in mind that the cost of an FTO search is a small investment compared to the potential cost of patent infringement litigation or having to abandon a product or process after investing significant resources in its development. Therefore, it is advisable to budget for an FTO search as part of your overall IP strategy.