Freedom to Operate

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 strategy for conducting freedom to operate searches and reviewing the results, taking into account your budgetary constraints.

You need to start freedom to operate searching at the right stage in the development of your business. You need to be clear about what you want to sell before you can conduct an effective search, but you may also need to allow enough time to deal with third party rights or to design around problems before you are disadvantaged commercially.

You may need to conduct further freedom to operate searches as your business grows. We can advise on the level of searching and analysis that is appropriate at each stage.

The scope of your freedom to operate 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, advising on issues as they 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 status checks and monitor the progress of patents and applications.

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