A landscape search is helpful in making strategic decisions. A landscape report from Appropriate IP Services provides relevant prior art, patents in force and patent applications pending allowance/grant. It provides details on patent expiries and also preliminary comments on the possible path forward.

The report also includes non-patent literature of value in designing a strategy. The report can be designed as per the client’s needs, including focus with respect to specific geography, assignee, and/or any other aspect of particular interest.

The IP landscape report will also include details on the reference product (as the case may be), specific and critical regulatory aspects for consideration in strategy design, competitor activity information, and/or any other important aspect required during strategy design.

Freedom to Operate & Infringement Analysis

An Infringement or Non-infringement Search identifies patents having claims that may read on a prospective product. Appropriate IP Services can provide a Freedom to Operate (FTO) search to identify patents and published applications that may pose an infringement risk to your product, as well as abandoned and expired patents/applications.

Depending on your needs, the FTO search may be limited to a specific geography of your business interest, and/or for the major global markets such as US, EU, CA, JP, CN, AU, NZ, LatAm, MENA, AsiaPac and other emerging markets.

Prior to conducting the FTO search, Appropriate’s team will work closely with you to establish the features of the product that should be considered for analysis and will understand your business needs. With this information, we will conduct a search, identify relevant patents & pending applications, understand the IP regulatory overlap and highlight the relevant details in the search report to better design the filing strategy. Appropriate IP Services strives to work closely with the client so as to meet the client’s business goals.

Validity/Invalidity Searches

Our Standard Invalidity or Validity Search identifies prior art references that may be used alone or in combination to contest the validity of the claims in a patent or patent application. We support you through the legal opinion work that would be needed for the geography of interest and help you by supporting your legal teams.

Competitive Monitoring

  • Review amendments to competitor patent claims as they are made
  • Monitor issuing patents and analyse the same for possible future actions to be taken
  • Track re-examination proceedings and keep the client updated on the progress, while constantly keeping an eye on the need for any change in strategy
  • Identify and monitor new filings within patent families and analyse the impact of the same on overall strategy
  • Identify competitor products and global status of the competitor products

Due Diligence

Mergers and acquisitions are often complex and time-sensitive. Success depends on sound due diligence.
We have the necessary skills and experience to assist you in this process. Our services include:

Strength Assessment
Invalidity research ensuring you don’t overpay

Liability Assessment
Freedom to Operate (FTO) review providing ongoing risk exposure

Assignee/Ownership Review
Title and assignee research to determine entitlement of IP

Maintenance Fee Review
Confirm status of annuities and maintenance fees

Historical Litigation Analysis
Court record research providing current and past assertions or patents identified during liability assessment

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