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Patents do not necessarily mean you are entitled to commercialise an invention in the marketplace. You must have freedom to operate.

We work with clients to analyse the sector with the goal of providing them strategic advice as to how they can commercialise a patent, without infringing. Freedom-To-Operate (FTO) analysis involves identifying and analysing other patents that may result to patent-infringement proceedings. By carrying out FTO analysis before developing a new product, company’s can limit the future risk of litigation proceedings. FTO analysis carried out at an early stage in the cycle provides companies with the opportunity to either license the the technology or modify the design and avoid infringement.

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