Prevent Unpleasant Surprises
IIf you are going to market your invention without a patent (or are already doing so) you need to be sure that someone else doesn't already own the rights to what you are selling.
To find what conflicting inventions might lurk out there you need a "Freedtom to Use" patent search. See the description below. Then Click the button , contact us and tell us your problem. We'll take it from there. Just mention Freedom to Use in your email. Our one hour review is always free.
Else you are likely to get an unpleasant surprise in the form of a letter from an Attorney suggesting that your new Widget infringes patent number 9,999,999 owned by Mr. John Doe. Mr Doe requres you to cease and desist making your new product, unless you negotaite with him royalty payments on his invention.
These patent searches focus on patent claims. While patentability is blocked by any kind of prior art, freedom to use is inhibited only if the claims of a valid patent which is in force teach the same idea as your invention.
Abandoned patents, expired patents and materials in the public domain are all no problem in establishing your freedom to copy an invention.
Even if you have no plan to patent your invention, you want to be sure that no one else already owns it unless you want a very unpleasant surprise letter from an attorney when your new product is launched and is found to infringe another patent.
A Freedom to Operate Legal Opinion from a law firm can cost $75,000-$100,000. Before you spend that kind of money. Isn't at worth finding out where your problems might be coming from and how close you are to infringing someone elses patent?
Watch this Video from Michigan Law to learn more about Freedom to Use