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:
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.
With a team of over 170 in-house, full-time search specialists, we ensure your search has the right expertise backing it up. Learn more
Proven methodologies based upon decades of experience in designing search strategies.
Our search capability covers every major jurisdiction worldwide.
Clear, straightforward pricing combined with free, no-obligation quotes.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
We put our highly skilled and internally trained team of more than 170 experienced research professionals at your clients’ service. This includes attorneys, patent agents and former patent examiners, as well as former practising engineers and scientists.
We combine the art and science of searching to maximise value for you and your clients, based on decades of experience in formulating search strategies. By creatively harnessing the power of multiple search engines, databases and libraries we can deliver tailored results that meet your requirements.
EASY TO USE RESULTS
We provide results in the format of your choice, from full reports to matrices. Every deliverable is designed to speed up the review process, enabling your clients to make quick and accurate decisions based on high-quality information. We also include legal status information, using whatever approach is most meaningful to you.
Our specialist search managers provide consultative, responsive and high-touch services. We collaborate with you locally while coordinating your project globally, covering the top patenting jurisdictions worldwide.
Our analyst team includes native speakers in multiple languages, including five major languages across all technologies. This allows us to perform native language searching, both online and on the ground.
Our Reference Desk ensures access to extensive resources for patent and non-patent literature. If the documents exist, our technical literature experts and librarians will find them.
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