J A Kemp - Freedom to Operate and Searching
You cannot exploit the commercial value of your patent unless you have freedom to operate in the market space you wish to occupy.
We can provide advice on freedom to operate, covering all aspects of your product. We will work with you to identify a suitable searching and review strategy, taking into account your budgetary constraints.
Searches must be conducted at the right stage. You need to be certain what you want to sell, but you also need to allow time to deal with any third party rights or to design around any problems.
The scope of the searches will reflect your requirements in terms of geography and market sector. We can also provide advice on specific patents identified by you. We will keep you updated on the progress of any searches and the costs involved, and advise you on issues that arise.
We have an in-house specialist search team that works under the guidance of our attorneys. We use external search agencies where appropriate. We can also conduct or coordinate validity searches and status checks and monitor the progress of patents and applications.