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Clearstone FTO’s Enhanced Sharing Capabilities Make Collaboration Seamless and Smart

We’re excited to announce that Clearstone FTO has been recently enhanced with powerful new features to greatly improve collaboration between patent counsel and R&D.

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An IP Thought Leader Shares Her Experiences with Clearstone FTO

Jackie Hutter thinks differently about IP protection and business value creation, and has built her practice around maximizing businesses’ return on innovation investment. She has a unique ability to recognize and seize opportunity for her clients, rather than put up fences. In a recent article, Jackie shared her experiences using Clearstone FTO for patent search […]

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Three Keys to Effective Freedom-to-Operate Management

Freedom-to-operate is a murky world where the quality of the investigation greatly depends on the skills and resourcefulness of the lawyer or analyst doing the work. Best practices and standards of care are not very well defined and, even when systems exist, they are rarely adaptable to changing needs. It is our mission at ClearstoneIP […]

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ClearstoneIP Announces New FTO Platform

ClearstoneIP is proud to announce the beta release of its next generation freedom-to-operate management platform, Clearstone FTO. With guidance and feedback from IP industry leaders, we’ve infused this new web-based application with the ideal combination of best practices, workflows, and collaboration features to bring much-needed efficiency to a critical process. Some of the core features […]

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Accuracy and Speed in Patent Infringement Searching Need Not Be “One or the Other”

“Faster and better results at lower cost!” A claim so common it blends in with the hum of office chatter. We’d like to believe that patent searches could be turned around within a day or two, but it typically takes much longer.  We’d like to believe that the work returned to us includes everything we need […]

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Know Your Portfolio

“Which of our patents cover what the competitors are doing?” “Where are the holes in our patent coverage?” “Which of our patents cover our products?” “What the heck is in our patent portfolio?!?!”   A patent portfolio is both a sword and a shield; leverage your analysis with Clearstone Elements to wield both with agility. These are […]

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Why Semantic Searching Fails For Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) and What You Should Be Doing Instead (PART 3)

Part 3 of 3: What You Should Be Doing Instead This three-part series explains why conventional techniques, particularly “semantics-based” searching, fall short for freedom-to-operate (FTO) searching and analysis.  It then puts forth a solution for avoiding these problems. Part I was an introduction to the differences between the searches. Part II identified the deficiencies of semantic searching in relation to FTO analysis. Part III explains […]

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Why Semantic Searching Fails For Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) and What You Should Be Doing Instead (PART 2)

Part 2 of 3: Why Semantic Searching Fails for FTO This three-part series explains why conventional techniques, particularly “semantics-based” searching, fall short for freedom-to-operate (FTO) searching and analysis.  It then puts forth a solution for avoiding these problems. Part I was an introduction to the differences between the searches. Part II identifies the deficiencies of semantic searching in relation to FTO analysis. […]

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Why Semantic Searching Fails For Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) and What You Should Be Doing Instead (PART 1)

Part 1 of 3: Introduction to the differences between Patentability and FTO searching This three-part series explains why conventional techniques, particularly “semantics-based” searching, fall short for freedom-to-operate (FTO) searching and analysis.  It then puts forth a solution for avoiding these problems. Part I is an introduction to the differences between the searches. Part II will identify the deficiencies of semantic […]

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Bridging the Divide Between Patent Analysts and Engineers

The communication divide between a company’s legal department and its engineering corps is an ongoing source of contention, confusion, and consternation for many companies. This divide is especially problematic in the patent context where legal matters are ever-intertwined with technical complexity. For example, successful drafting and prosecution of patent applications requires in-depth technical knowledge. Effective […]

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