Patent Searches Contribute to an Effective Patent Strategy
Wagenknecht provides patentability searches to identify patentable components of inventions and freedom to operate (FTO) searches to identify patents that may block the launch of commercial products. By identifying the patents of your competitors early, strategies can be developed to either carve around existing patents or to make product design changes to avoid infringement.
Wagenknecht contracts with specialty search firms to provide high quality searches and assembles search results into reports useful for both inventors and business executives.
A patentability search is typically performed before filing a nonprovisional patent application. A patentability search assesses the state of the art to determine whether or not an invention includes a sufficient inventive step to warrant a patent. A patentablity search will consider US patents, foreign patents, published patent applications and research articles to determine the state of the art. Then, the invention is compared to the state of the art to determine whether the inventions is new and nonobvious.
Wagenknecht offers patentability searches together with follow up counseling to develop effective patent strategies.
Freedom to Operate (FTO) Search
Freedom to Operate (FTO) searches differ from patentability searches in that FTO searches seek to identify patents that would be infringed should the commercial product or method be practiced. Therefore, FTO searches consider the scope of the property rights defined in patents so they can be avoided. FTO searches may also include published patent applications to monitor whether a patent ultimately issues.
Wagenknecht conducts FTO searches and counsels clients regarding the scope of issued patents and ways to reduce the risk of infringement.