What is a clearance search and freedom to practice opinion?


When bringing a new product to market, it is important to assess and understand the business risks involved, particularly with respect to whether your product may infringe another’s patent rights.  A freedom to practice opinion is a legal opinion analyzing your product against a relevant selection of patents to determine the level of risk involved in bringing the product to market.  The relevant selection of patents is typically provided by a professional search firm whose job it is to find the patents most relevant to potential infringement analysis in a professional clearance search.