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Freedom to Operate Opinions

Freedom to operate opinions are important strategic tools for a business. Researchers and companies must be aware of the intellectual property landscape for several reasons: to avoid infringing others' intellectual property rights, focusing research to create inventions that are novel and non-obvious, understanding the risks, and evaluating potential need for licenses to achieve certain research and business goals.

Counsel must be knowledgeable about the business’ projected research efforts to evaluate the patents and published application. Once armed with this information and in communication with the researchers of a company, patent counsel can help identify relevant patents, published applications that may have business ramifications if granted, and printed publications that are prior art.

Altera’s patent attorneys are mindful that business decisions require accurate opinions, and we strive to provide information that allows a business to make an informed decision.