No longer do new technologies out of nowhere exist, in this era. Eventually, we often see some cases that stop implementing projects caused by the fear of infringement of patent although they’ve developed a new product for many months by investigating, building the concept, planned and developed, but it shows no difference from the patented products that have already been registered.
A study on Patent FTO (Freedom To Operate) means checking whether a technology can be implemented regarding Patent rights. A Study on Patent FTO undergoes the procedures as follows:
Step1. Market Research
Understanding and investigating products that hit the shelf of client agencies, competitors and markets.
Step 2. A Study on Prior arts
Based on it, a broad study on prior technology is being conducted, with the focus on stark characteristics of ongoing product planning.
The study has to be administered in the main countries, the US, Europe and Japan, as well as in the nation, and plus, in China and Germany, with more carefulness, if necessary.
Step 3. Checking Patent Application of Each Country
In this process, it is identified whether there are registered patents that have the same characteristic of ongoing product planning.
Step 4. Judging about FTO
Also, it is identified whether ongoing product planning has already lapsed or has been implemented without registration procedures, which is called FTO.
In this case, not only a patented DB review but also a broad on-line search study can be conducted.
Immediately after it is found that ongoing product planning corresponds to FTO, the study about it comes to an end, with a study analysis report issued.
Step 5. A Review of the Invalidation of Registered Patent
If it is feared that ongoing product planning identical or equivalent with that of the registered patent would be under infringement, judging about the invalidation of patent application can be made.
If invalidation is considered, it is included in a report.
A FTO study on patent must begin to undergo the step of product planning. Product planning can involve leapfrog scheme, according to an analytic outcome. If it is impossible, it is good to employ other concept.
We will consider every step, beginning from the step of basic planning of new products, and will conduct a FTO study analysis to help draw up leapfrog scheme, and furthermore, deduct new technologies.
Products in the process of being developed can become a factor of patent infringement. For such a case, you can ask for consultation on it, at once!