Freedom-to-Operate Search

Get the confidence you need to place your product into the market. Our clearance searches can give you clarity about potential litigation threats, and we can help you in clearing those roadblocks by suggesting modifications to design around existing patents.

Clear your path towards the market with our comprehensive patent clearance search.

Improve critical product development initiatives and investment with in-depth Freedom To Operate searches.

Your product development initiatives can lose business feasibility due to un-expected licensing-fee expenses or rework on product features. It is prudent to have a thorough search on the vast patent literature to locate potentially offensive patents. The confidence to pursue your product plans are enhanced once you are aware of the type of technology features that are already claimed in patents. GreyB’s iterative approach to exhaustive searching uncovers patent claims that overlap with the technologies, features, and benefits of your new products. Along with documentation of relevant patents, we help in building an electronic database of patent families. This database contains actively maintained and granted patents or patent applications with specific patent offices of interest, written descriptions and claims. The database can be further utilized to perform analysis of the file history to locate the statements that resolves ambiguity in claim language and how the examiner’s rejections & amendments were drawn to overcome art, i.e., file wrapper, estoppel. Such thorough analysis of definitions in specification, dictionaries and technical treatises combined with review of your search subject of FTO helps finding whether there is an identical or equivalent element in your proposed product plans.

As desired, we also extend the FTO search to assist in identifying design around licensing or acquisition candidates. Here our approach to analysis is based on review of the patent landscape coupled with market research.


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  • I had no idea how complicated and complex a patentability search and features list development was going to be. Jeevan and the GreyB team were very helpful and forthcoming in creating a good template and study for my product needs. Their search was thorough and well documented and provides me with great value as an SME. I think that their study has given me a competitive edge and that I will successfully accomplish my patent registration at a lower cost now.

    Sean Nino Founder, Mantra Bali - Environmentally Sustainable Design and Management
  • I've worked with Vik and his team on a number of prior art search projects and have found his service outstanding. His teams have been staffed with technical folks in the relevant subject areas and I especially appreciate his willingness to hold interim discussions to direct and focus the search.

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    Robert C. Ryan Partner/Patent Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP
  • I've worked with Anupam and GreyB on a number of occasions when I've needed top-notch prior art search, and will surely do so again in the future. Anupam is dedicated to client satisfaction and is constantly working to ensure that he and his team have exceeded expectations.

    Vikram Iyengar Attorney At Law, Perkins Coie LLP

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