IP Litigation Avoidance Counseling

Seager, Tufte & Wickhem (STW) provides risk assessments at all stages of product cycle.  Our attorneys provide assessments and guidance at idea creation with IP landscape assessments, along with freedom-to-operate (FTO) analyses and opinions once a product configuration has been locked.

Landscape and FTO assessments are modified as needed to meet your business requirements and are regularly updated as a product or service cycle proceeds.  Using both landscape and FTO assessments will allow you to know and mitigate your risk when developing a new product or service, while limiting product development and design costs due to knowing and understanding various IP portfolios in the market.

Landscape Assessments

Landscape assessments are performed at or around the time of idea creation or recognition.  With respect to patents, these assessments identify potentially problematic patents and provide guidance on how a product or service may be configured to avoid those identified patents, while being novel and “non-obvious” over the patents in the market.  Similarly, trademark and copyright landscape assessments identify relevant potentially problematic marks and copyrighted materials.  In view of a landscape assessment, business decisions go forward with a product or changed directions may be made in a well-informed and calculated manner.

Non-Infringement and Invalidity Assessments

Non-Infringement and Invalidity assessments include non-infringement and/or invalidity analyses and opinions with respect to specific patents that are identified or flagged as increasing the legal risk of bringing a product or service to market.  STW provides objective and disinterested assessments of patents in or relevant to particular product and service markets.  With such assessments and opinions, you are able to make decisions to bring products and services to market knowing patent infringement risks have been assessed and mitigated.