Patentability and Infringement Study Services
A Patentability Study leads to a determination as to whether any claims in a US patent or patent application may be valid. As part of this study, a search is conducted. The search discovers the prior art documents. The prior art can be any patent, patent application, or non-patent literature – anywhere in the world. Our patent search specialist will keep your study confidential.
These documents are reviewed to determine whether the claims of an invention are anticipated by anything discovered. If the invention is disclosed in the prior art, the claims not likely patentable. US law does permit exceptions. So, a patentability study by a qualified patent practitioner is advisable.
Any study undertaken by Carson Patents includes the search, and a written report. The report includes the reasoning for conclusions on whether the claims are valid. Carson Patents also provides a consultation to discuss the study with you, consider your questions, and advise you on steps forward. Contact us to start the steps to patent.
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. Contact us to start the steps to patent.
Freedom to Operate Study
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. A Freedom to Operate Study by Carson Patents includes the patentability study mentioned above and an opinion on Freedom to Operate. Contact us to start the steps to patent.