Freedom to operate

Where are the patent thickets and where are the gaps? See how the land lies with our expertly managed IP searches.

Going from that first ‘light bulb moment’ to launching your new product or technology is an exciting journey. But discovering someone else already owns the patent can be frustrating. With Freedom to Operate (FTO) and patent landscaping searches, you can see exactly what’s on the horizon.

Freedom to Operate searches

After getting to know the territories you’re entering and the competitors you’ll be up against, we run comprehensive, strategic FTO searches with the help of trusted, technically-qualified specialist search organisations. Using the correct parameters, the right searching organisation and careful analysis, we will show whether your path to market and the rights you need are clear.

Read: Freedom to Operate – What does it mean and a look at some different approaches

Freedom to Operate Analysis & Reports

We will carefully analyse the results of your freedom to operate search to assess whether your route to market is clear. We typically take a staged approach to our freedom to operate analysis, filtering the search results to quickly identify those third party rights which require more consideration. If we think that a third party patent is blocking your way, we will provide commercially-focussed advice as to how you can remove that blockage or work around it.

Patent landscaping

Patent landscaping involves going through existing intellectual property with a fine-toothed comb. Please visit the Patent Landscaping page for more detail on this service.

For FTO patent or patent landscaping advice, please get in touch.