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Used to determine whether a party has clearance to make, use and sell inventive concept.
Clearance is established when confirmed that a patent has not been infringed or otherwise expired.
Need prior to bringing a product to market. The organization wants to avoid alleged infringement.
A clearance opinion drafted by patent counsel that forecasts the potential for infringement of an issued patent or pending patent application.
Clearance searches are broader than infringement searches as defines whether the technology may be used or protected around the world not just in the country of possible infringement) and whether it may used freely without allegations of infringment or need of licensing.
Clearance search is also done after the issue of grant patent.
It is deeper analysis of patent and non-patent references.
Search may represented as visual display of patenting over time periods, the history of technology’s development, key innovative groups over the time period etc.
Helps monitor markets of interest, improve your research and development, identify which patents will have significant commercial value, confirm which inventions are in public domain, understading the competitors and identifying future ones.