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IP Risk Protection:
PATGuide – PATEV’s competition monitoring service
You certainly know the current products of your competitors very well. However, their future products as well as ongoing developments only become visible through the monitoring of patent literature.
With PATGuide we do the monitoring for you and thus minimise your workload. To this end, we rely on efficient processes, advanced tools and professional services.
Our team of experts will strive to continually provide you and your staff with the following services:
- specific monitoring of patent literature (information)
- guided reading for your employees (effectiveness)
- important workflows and processes (automation)
- automated filing, documentation and access to the current knowledge database (infrastructure)
- analysis and reporting of results for your management team (intelligence)
Freedom to Operate (FTO) Statement:
Avoid patent infringements – right from the beginning of your development activities!
A freedom to operate (FTO) search is conducted to ensure that the desired product can be safely launched without infringing or violating third party intellectual property rights. Only then is it to be expected that you may sell it without legal problems or produce it at all. A thorough FTO review is therefore essential for the development and future of new products. Initially, it is irrelevant whether individual product features are protected by a patent.
However, a proper and careful FTO search minimises the risks of costly patent disputes or even production downtimes. We use high-quality commercial databases for the review
FTO Product & FTO Technology
FTO Product covers the verification of precisely defined product features. In this context, we will carefully identify and categorize the technologically relevant information for you and prepare it in an understandable and clear manner. As a result, you will receive a solid basis for informed decision-making and profound advice on how to proceed.
An FTO analysis conducted during the development project also helps avoid costly post-processing early on. Therefore, we examine the corresponding patent landscape extensively and carefully at an early development stage in order to identify potentially problematic IP applications. We call this special type of FTO statement FTO Technology.