The commercialisation of products or the use of brands can infringe third parties’ intellectual property (IP) rights, with potentially costly consequences. It is important that a business is able to operate freely without infringing any such third party rights. If a business does not have the ability to operate freely, the efficacy and the value of the business may be detrimentally affected.
Freedom to operate is the review and assessment of whether a business has the ability to operate freely, without infringing third party IP rights. The purpose of assessing the freedom to operate may be, for example, to assess the risk posed to a business that is launching a new product.
Lawrie IP can advise on all aspects of freedom to operate including the provision of freedom to operate searches and opinions, infringement searches and opinions, and validity searches and opinions.
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