Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property)

Q: What are the steps required to obtain a Freedom To Operate opinion on a patentable idea?

I'm interested in a US FTO opinion only.

2 Lawyer Answers
Darrin A. Auito
Darrin A. Auito

A: Contact a U.S. patent attorney with relevant technical and legal experience.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: Here is some introductory material on Freedom-to-Operate opinions and the related concept of design around guidance.

This process can be expensive so you want to be fairly sure that you have narrowed down the details on what you hope to produce. You do not want to clear one design and then change the design and have to repeat the process.

I hope that this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

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