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Comprehensive FTO Searches for Informed Decision-Making

Unleash Your Business Potential with FTO Searches

In the dynamic landscape of intellectual property, staying ahead of potential legal obstacles is essential for your business’s success. Maxinov’s Freedom To Operate (FTO) Search service empowers you to make informed decisions by identifying potential infringement risks before launching a new product or service. Our FTO Searches provide you with the freedom to operate confidently and seize opportunities in the market.

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Why Maxinov for Freedom To Operate Searches?

Advantages of Our Comprehensive FTO Searches

Strategic Advantage

Make informed, legally sound decisions, reducing the risk of costly disputes.


Our FTO Searches provide thorough research without the high cost typically associated with legal disputes.


Leave the FTO Searches to our experts, so you can concentrate on your core business activities.

Client Confidence

Confidently launch new products or services, minimizing infringement risks with our knowledge.

Freedom To Operate Project Process Diagram

1. Project Initiation

Submit your FTO Search request, including details about your product or service.

2. Project Evaluation Within 24 Hours

Our team promptly reviews your request and confirms acceptance within 24 hours.

3. Project Kickoff

Schedule a kickoff call to discuss your specific objectives and expectations, gaining a deep understanding of your business's needs.

4. Preliminary Research

Our experts dive into an initial analysis, exploring the relevant intellectual property landscape.

5. Data Collection

Gather all pertinent documents, such as patent filings, market analysis, and any other relevant information necessary for the FTO Search.

6. Comprehensive Search

Conduct an exhaustive FTO Search, utilizing various resources to identify potential infringement risks.

7. Analysis of Findings

Review and analyze the identified risks, providing you with insights on their significance and potential impact.

8. Interim Report

Share an interim report summarizing the findings and potential infringement risks. Gather your feedback and refine the search accordingly.

9. Final Report Preparation

Based on your feedback, conduct a more focused analysis, addressing any gaps and providing expert insights.

10. Final Report Submission

Deliver a comprehensive FTO report, outlining potential infringement risks and recommended actions.

11. Ongoing Support

Continue to collaborate with us for future FTO Searches, ensuring ongoing legal compliance and business growth.

What Business Leaders Say

Maxinov's FTO Searches have become an integral part of our decision-making process. They help us confidently navigate the complex world of IP and stay ahead of potential risks.
Sarah Anderson
Chief Legal Officer
As a product manager, FTO Searches from Maxinov provide me with peace of mind. They enable us to bring innovative products to the market while minimizing legal uncertainties.
John Smith
Product Manager
Maxinov's FTO Searches are a game-changer for our business. They help us identify opportunities and protect our interests, ensuring our growth strategy is both effective and legally compliant.
Emily Martinez
Business Development Director
Maxinov's FTO Searches have empowered our company to make informed, strategic decisions. The insights provided have saved us time, resources, and potential legal headaches.
Michael Brown
CEO and Founder

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Freedom To Operate (FTO) Search?

An FTO Search is a comprehensive analysis that helps businesses identify potential patent and intellectual property infringement risks before launching new products or services.

FTO Searches allow you to make informed decisions, reduce legal risks, and confidently bring new offerings to the market while ensuring legal compliance.

Maxinov utilizes a combination of expert human analysts and advanced AI technology to conduct exhaustive searches in worldwide patent and non-patent databases.

FTO Searches are valuable for a wide range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and many more.

The duration of an FTO Search can vary based on the complexity of the project, but we strive to provide timely results to meet your business needs.

While we provide thorough FTO Searches, we recommend consulting with legal experts to address specific legal issues or challenges.

We typically need information about your product or service, patent filings, market analysis, and other relevant data to initiate the search.

Yes, we have the capability to conduct FTO Searches on a global scale, helping businesses with international expansion plans.

Initiating an FTO Search is simple. You can submit a request on our website, and our team will promptly review and confirm acceptance.

Upon receiving the FTO report, you’ll gain insights into potential infringement risks. You can then use this information to make informed business decisions and consult legal experts as needed.

Other prior art search services that may be of interest to you

Validity / Invalidity / Opposition Search

Patent invalidity or patent validity searches are conducted to either validate enforceability of claims of a patent or to invalidate one or more claims of some other patent (mostly of a competitor). It is the first step taken by a company facing a patent infringement lawsuit.

Infringement Searches / Product Searches / Evidence of Use

Protect your interests and preemptively address potential infringements. We meticulously scan for products, services, or publications that might infringe upon your patents, offering a holistic view of potential threats in the market.

Patent Landscape Analysis

Gain a panoramic view of the existing patent environment related to your domain. Our exhaustive research paints a clear picture of current trends, key players, and potential opportunities.

Whitespace Analysis

Identify gaps and untapped potential in the patent domain. With our whitespace analysis, we spotlight areas of opportunity, enabling you to innovate strategically and stay ahead of the competition.

Patentability Assessment

Dive deep into the novelty and inventive steps of your innovation. We provide thorough analyses to gauge the patentability of ideas, ensuring you’re on solid ground before proceeding.

Launching a new product or business? Perhaps you will need an FTO analysis. Whenever a company is planning to develop and launch a new product, particularly in sectors that involve extensive patenting activity, there is a risk that commercialization may be blocked by a competitor who owns a patent for the technology. Many companies therefore seek “freedom to operate,” at an early stage of their business to ensure that the production, marketing and use of their new product or process does not infringe the rights of others.

When should you conduct an FTO search?

An FTO or a freedom to operate search is needed when you are planning to develop and launch a new product in a technology area where there is extensive patenting and there are chances that your product may overlap someone’s patented technology

The objective of an FTO search is to minimize the risks of infringement but it does not give an absolute guarantee of freedom to operate. Minimizing the risks can save your company significant resources.

Maxinov’s FTO search methodology

Our FTO search includes discovery of patent literature that may possibly overlap on product features. The search is focused for particular features of a product in specific countries/jurisdictions where the product is planned to be launched or the business is carried out.

The search includes enforceable patents. It is important to study legal status of the patents.

Our team of scientists, engineers, lawyers, patent agents, and market researchers who work on your projects has more than a decade of experience in patent searches and FTO matters. We will be happy to assist you if you have an FTO requirement. Just drop a note to us and our specialist will reach out to you.

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