How to Innovate without Freedom To Operate!

  • Early search: If you conduct a search early in your innovation process, your invention might evolve and change so much during development that it no longer matches the original searches you performed.
  • Late search: On the other hand, if you wait until the later stages of development and you find that you are infringing, it might be too late for you to alter the invention enough to no longer encroach on a patent.
  • A patent might not have been protected globally — and if it is, patents are not necessarily the same in each jurisdiction/patent office
  • Just because patents have been applied for in a variety of different countries, doesn’t mean they have been successfully granted
  • Patents that were granted protection may not have been maintained, and therefore could have lapsed or expired
  • Patents issued in different places may have variations in their claims, perhaps broader or narrower, so it is important to read each patent carefully, no matter how similar they seem at first.
  • There could be opportunities to license a technology — FTO searches can reveal who your potential licensors are

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