(a.k.a. Right to Make Search, Clearance Search, Right to Use Search, Justification Search)
A Freedom to Operate Search includes an infringement search in addition to expired patents that may provide a safe haven for a specific product, process, or service. Freedom to Operate Searches address both infringement and patentability concerns.
An example of a freedom to operate situation might be the use of a transgenic mouse to derive novel cancer therapeutics. Our search might reveal that several research tools were patented around the oncogene that the mouse carried. It further could be discovered that material transfer or other license agreements covering the mouse governed new intellectual property discovered using the mouse or its progeny in research.
Cost: $85/hour x 18-22 hours. $1530 to $1870 plus computer database charges.