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Systematic FTO

Systematic FTO (as opposed to unspecific landscape FTOs) with defined milestones and calculated risk/level of confidence for the infringing patents of third parties.

The calculated risk/level of confidence can be increased in a well defined steps in order to match a budget.

Why Systematic FTO?

Lack of Risk Calculations & Confidence!

‘Colourful’ Landscape FTOs can potentially burn you! They can give you some random hits and sometime even some relevant patents but this will not result in a systematic approach.

There is no way we can increase the level of confidence after the landscape FTO. The quality of these hand-crafted artworks depends largely on the experience and skills of the person who does that landscape FTOs. These skilled people will become rarer/harder to find because the industry is moving towards automation.

And eventually, what you get are cookie-cutter colourful landscape FTOs

The Process To Systematic FTO

You Provide:

    • Short product description in any language
    • Product Figures
    • Highlighted features that are in the foreground
    • One or more countries of interest
    • List of immediate competitors in that country/countries
 
We also have a questionnaire that we use to guide you along the way. You might want to prepare these answers as you begin your FTO Application.

We Deliver:

The Systematic FTO is delivered in a 3-step process.

  • One or more live patents cover your product
  • One or more dead patents cover your product
  • Calculated risk/Level of confidence Score
  • If no immediately relevant patents are found, we deliver a strategy with defined milestones for a systematic search for such patents, thereby providing defined chunks of patent data to searched in later steps
  • A structured product description structured in the form of a provisional patent application with claims and figure description ready to file as a provisional patent application We give you few patents after informed groping in the dark, landscape FTO
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We will typically request for client’s input to identify, from the search results, groups of publications that we should pay special attention to. From there we will request further budgets to analyse the specific publications individually.

  • Analysing chunk of the Phase #1 and providing an information on One or more live/dead patents cover your product
  • If no immediately relevant patents are found,
  • We give you few patents after informed groping in the dark, landscape FTO
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  • Analysing chunk of the step #2 and providing an information on one or more live/dead patents that cover your product
  • If no immediately relevant patents are found,
  • We give you few patents after informed groping in the dark, landscape FTO

FAQs

Get your questions answered.

Curious about our services? Find the questions to your answers here.

We follow a three step process.

  1. Feature Identification
  2. Patent Searching
  3. Patent Claims Analysis 

Generally, we analyze the product of interest and identify the key technological features. A “technological feature” here is a separable technological unit which may in itself be patentable based on our assessment. We identify a prioritized list of such technological features and then confirm with the client as to which ones they want to include in the FTO search/analysis.

For the headphone example in the questionnaire, the technical feature would be:

A method of controlling operation (e.g. media player actions) of a computing device based on control signals received over a short range communication (e.g. Bluetooth) from a wearable device (e.g. headphone) comprising orientation/motion sensors.

Note: Any patent rights associated with the sensors, BLE and headphones are assumed to be exhausted as a result of purchase.

As another example, assume the product is a drone that operates based on voice commands and automatically switches onto an auto-pilot mode when it detects incompetency (e.g. indicated by stress, unclear speech and so on) based on voice analysis.

We break this down to the following features:
1. Automatically switching from manual to automatic based on analysis of user
commands
a. the manual/auto modes correspond to a flying machine (i.e. drone)
b. based on speech analysis
2. Identifying operator incompetency based on analysis of user commands
a. based on speech analysis
3. Operating a drone based on voice commands (involves speech recognition)
4. Drone technology including wireless

Based on other considerations (e.g. what off-the shelf components the client uses that exhausts corresponding patent rights and other existing license agreements etc.), we may short list 1 and 2 from the above list and proceed further.

We will perform extensive searching of patent literature in the jurisdiction of interest (e.g. US, EU, etc.). The search will be based on several strategies such as key classification, keywords, key competitors and so on.

Relevant references identified in the search will be thoroughly analysed based on the independent and dependent claims.

The analysis will be performed based on the claims, detailed description, drawings and the prosecution history (wherever applicable).

Deliverables:

  • – Executive Summary of the FTO Study
  • – Key product features
  • – Claim charts of most relevant patents (including independent and key dependent claims) with comments
  • – Expert Commentary on other references that may be potentially relevant (arising from uncertainties/variations in design choices)
  • – Search Strategies


Note: The deliverable for essential version includes all items except the claim charts.

A Letter From Me

Addressed to:

– IP Professionals
– Legal Practitioners
– In-house Counsels
– Any technologists at heart

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Martin Schweiger
Founder, Sprint Patents

Start Your Journey Now!

Share your US PCT application and get the EP-style PCT application drafted in 2 days.

We deliver within two (2) working days, or less. If we take longer to deliver, then you pay nothing.

*No discussion with inventors, no added subject matter beyond original invention disclosure, no amendments of our draft (except if it is for correcting any mistakes done by us).

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