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FREEDOM TO OPERATE

Give clients the intelligence they need. Freedom to Operate search service

Patent searches on behalf of your clients should be customized to meet your exact legal and technical requirements, should be delivered within your desired timeframe, and should leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of information that helps them make better IP decisions.

Our Freedom to Operate search service lets you add value: it gives your clients the intelligence they need to decide on their next steps when they want to make, use or sell a new product, regardless of where they might be in the product lifecycle:

  • Early stages – Avoid infringements by modifying inventions to “design around” existing patents during the R&D process

  • Late stages – Protect market entry plans by defining last minute design changes or pursuing a license prior to the product rollout

We understand the unique nature of freedom to operate searches, which means we don’t treat them like patentability searches. We’ll work with you to understand the key inventive features of the product that should receive emphasis during the search and to agree on a hierarchy of importance for the types of claims that you and your clients believe to be the most obstructive.

We also understand the relationship between claim breadth and product features and how infringement occurs in practice. When performing a search, we’ll look at broad claims that may encompass the key inventive features of their products, even if they aren’t specifically included. We’ll also identify any claim variations that could prove an obstacle to your clients’go-to-market plans.

We leverage our worldwide offices and our native language searching capabilities to conduct truly global freedom to operate searches. As requested, we can include naturally expired patent documents that can lead to “safe harbour” references that might be used to challenge the validity of possibly threatening patent claims. We can also work with you on an invalidity search to try to clear the way for your clients’ products.

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TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

With a dedicated team of over 170 in-house, full-time research professionals, we can staff every pre-filing or patentability search with experts with specific technical backgrounds.

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EXPERIENCE

Proven methodologies based upon decades of experience in designing search strategies.

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GLOBAL SCOPE

Our global search capability covers every major jurisdiction worldwide.

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TRANSPARENCY

Clear, straightforward pricing and free, no-obligation quotes.

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FEATURES

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

We can perform a single patentability search or work with you to set up an ongoing standardised process for hundreds of pre-filing searches per year.

PROVEN METHODOLOGIES

We combine the art and science of searching to maximise value for you and your clients, based on decades of experience in crafting search strategies. By creatively harnessing the power of multiple search engines, databases and libraries we deliver tailored results that meet your requirements.

CENTRALIZED KNOWLEDGE

Our Reference Desk provides access to extensive resources for patent and non-patent literature. If the documents exist, our librarians and technical literature experts will find them.

DIRECT ACCESS

Our specialist search managers provide consultative, responsive and high-touch services. We collaborate with you locally while coordinating your project globally from the top patenting jurisdictions around the world.

NATIVE LANGUAGES

Our analyst team includes native speakers in multiple languages, including five major languages across all technologies. This enables us to perform native language searching, both online and on the ground.

EASY TO USE RESULTS

We produce results in the format of your choice, from full reports to matrices. Every deliverable is designed to speed up the review process, enabling you to provide your clients with quick and accurate opinions based on high-quality information.

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Speak to one of our IP experts about how we can help you do more of what you do best.