Freedom to Operate

From search to opinion to revocation, few other firms have the capabilities to take such a holistic approach to freedom to operate

Freedom to Operate


A freedom to operate study is rarely a single event and for our attorneys it marks the beginning of many years’ guardianship of a product entering the market.

Our approach is sector-specific. Whilst our engineers may simultaneously contemplate the infringement and validity position of tens or hundreds of claims in a patent thicket, our life scientists consider IP rights born out of data and marketing exclusivity. Freedom to operate is about uncovering lurking threats, and at Carpmaels & Ransford we not only shine the brightest light on those threats, but we also possess the strongest arsenal to mitigate them.

Whatever the remit, an effective study starts with the right search. We work personally with a suite of specialist search companies, and know exactly the person to turn to for particular technical areas or given budgets. We handle reviews of patents and designs on domestic, regional and international scales, overseeing the technical and logistical work centrally, and seeking targeted advice from foreign counsel, or instructing them on national revocation actions, where necessary.


We are valued most for the work that comes after the search has been analysed. Right now, our proprietary databases are actively monitoring the progress of thousands of patent applications pending around the world.

Where a re-design is necessary, our attorneys provide the technical input necessary to ensure our clients stay comfortably outside the boundaries of third party protection.

In addition to patent and design searches, our trade mark team conducts clearance searches for proposed new trade marks. Again, we aim to offer strategic advice which will serve the client’s commercial objectives, and to provide pragmatic risk analyses that are informed by our experience of enforcing and defending trade marks in the courts.


Patent attorneys
Trade mark attorneys