Freedom to operate searching and analysis
Freedom to operate searches and analysis can help organizations in a number of ways. The knowledge obtained from search on patent infringement search can help guide research and product development to ensure that new products or services being brought to market will not infringe patent rights owned by competitors.
A patent infringement risk search will identify in-force patents or pending patent applications that may block a product launch.
A patent landscape search or state of the art search will provide an overview of patents and published patent applications in a particular field to identify unexploited technological niches as well as potential collaborators, licensing targets or strategic business acquisitions. Without being exhaustive, this type of search is a cost effective way to identify threatening competitor patents and provides a basis to assess whether your own invention can be prosecuted using the patent system.