Patentability and Infringement Study Services.
Patentability Determination with Report and Consultation.
A Patentability Study leads to a determination as to whether any claims in a US patent may be valid. As part of the this study, a search is conducted which discovers patents, patent applications, and non-patent literature. These are reviewed to determine whether an invention covered by the claims was anticipated by anything discovered during the Search. If it was, the claims may not be valid. US law does permit exceptions. A Patentability Study service by a qualified patent practitioner is advisable. We offer confidential patent searching by a specialist. Check out our Patent Search Deal.
A Patentability Study undertaken by Carson Patents includes the Search and a Written report on the Search with reasoning for conclusions on whether the claims are valid. Carson Patents also provides a consultation to discuss the Patentability Study with you, consider your questions, and advise you on ways forward.
Clearance Determination with Report and Consultation.
A Clearance Study leads to a determination as to whether an activity conducted without authority will infringe any valid or enforceable US patent claims for a product or process. A Clearance Study conducted by Carson Patents includes the Patentability Study mentioned above and an opinion on infringement.
Freedom to Operate Determination with Report and Consultation.
A Freedom to Operate Study leads to a determination as to whether you are free to operate (e.g. make, use, and sell a product or activity in the US) without infringing upon any valid or enforceable US patent claims. Our Freedom to Operate Study includes the Patentability Study mentioned above and an opinion on Freedom to Operate.
Confidentiality is Important
Disclosures to patent practitioners are covered by client controlled privilege. We ensure confidentiality of our services by doing all prior art searching, application writing, filing, and patent prosecution in-house. Newly filed applications are treated as confidential for about 18 months by patent offices around the world, but then they are published. Issued patents are public.