Freedom to Operate (FTO)


FTO research will identify published patent applications and granted patents that may expose the use of the proposed invention to claims of infringement. An FTO analysis will also identify relevant patents that have expired providing an indication of whether the elements of the proposed invention are now within the public domain. In this respect, an FTO may also be used as a basis for a patentability study.

What is included?

  • Fees start at $450 for US patent English language research

What is not included?

  • Fees vary depending upon technology, number of claims and patent class.
  • Additional fees for foreign jurisdictions and foreign language applications and grants.