Prior Art Searches, Freedom-to-Operate Searches – what’s the difference?

Prior art searches, freedom-to-operate searches: what’s the difference?

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There are two common document searches in relation to patents: prior art searches and freedom-to-operate (FTO) searches. A prior art search is used to identify prior art documents in the world that might have disclosed your invention. The analysis of the prior art documents identified from the prior art search is able to show if …