Freedom to Operate (FTO) or Freedom to Practice (FTP) or Clearance Searches
- Freedom to operate (FTO) search is generally conducted to determine whether the product in question is infringing valid intellectual property rights of others. FTO is also known as clearance search or right-to-practice search and is generally performed before commercializing a new product to assess the risk of potential infringement. While performing an FTO, the particulars of the product in question are compared with the features of claims of the searched enforced patents.
- Based on the analysis, the FTO report is designed to provide the clients with the extent of overlap between the claimed patent elements and the product in question. The report also includes legal status of the enforced patents. In addition, the report also captures the patent publications having features similar to those of product for client’s consideration.