Infringement / FTO Studies

Infringement / Clearance Studies



Before launching any product in a particular jurisdiction, it is of high-priority to perform a clearance or a patent infringement search to know whether the target product is at the risk of infringing a patent(s). Mostly patent clearance or infringement searches are done prior to significant investment in a particular product so as to avoid developing a product or process on which some third party holds valid patent rights. This search will clearly indicate the infringement if any exists, and also helps in making further decisions like licensing the patents which are infringed by the target product.


At DexPatent, we generate a precise clearance/infringement report after tedious studies and we bring to you a clear picture on the potentially infringing patents.


Freedom-To-Operate (FTO) Studies

Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) searches are used to investigate the risks of potential patent infringement before launching a new product. FTO Searches are also Jurisdiction based.

Freedom to Operate Search is an extension of Patent infringement Search where our focus is only In-force patents. But in FTO search, the expired patents and publicly available documents are also considered in addition to in-force patents, to prove the non-infringement of the target product against any in-force patents. The search covers patent and any publicly available documents searched globally.


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Case study - Infringement / Freedom-to-operate Studies

Project Need

Our client wanted us to perform a Freedom-to-operate study for a given subject matter in the specific relevant patenting jurisdictions. The subject matter relate to a product which had been ready for launch in those jurisdictions

Solution & Deliverables

Patent Scientists at DexPatent conducted an exhaustive infringement analysis of the subject matter feature by feature against the independent claims of all the inforce patents. Besides the In-force patents, DexPatent also analyzed the expired patents and NPLs to identify the FTO possibilities of the given subject matter. The high quality report was delivered within 8 business days.


Leading IP Law Firm, CA, United States


Ultrasound – MRI Medical Technology

Use Case

Freedom-to-operate / Infringement analysis / Product Clearance analysis


Since the report had been delivered to the client well before the committed date, the client was very happy and appreciated our team for the speedy delivery with the maximum quality. The analysis proved the given subject matter was not infringing any in-force patent and a supporting NPL was made available to prove the FTO possibilities of the product.