Are there third-party patents that could limit my freedom-to-operate?
Just before market launch at the latest, the question arises of whether any third-party patents or registered designs might restrict your ‘freedom-to-operate’ (FTO). Any proven violation of valid IP rights can incur high costs and cause serious economic damage. In order to properly identify any potential danger it is thus recommended than an FTO search be performed as early as possible in the developmental phase.
We compile a comprehensive report for our customers, in which we analyse the search results and sort them according to relevance. The responsible patent attorney compiles an assessment of ─ to what extent ─ the identified documents might restrict your freedom-to-operate.