Preliminary Freedom to Operate (FTO)

A.P.I. Conseil


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Service description
This service assists any EIC beneficiary in evaluating potential patent infringement risks across pertinent regional markets. Qualified European Patent Attorneys will thoroughly examine third-party patent rights to identify risks of conflict with the beneficiary's activities. Utilizing advanced patent search engines, the legal experts will methodically analyze the claim scope and specifications of existing patents compared to the beneficiary's inventions. The standard delivery timeline ranges between 10-40 hours depending on the patent landscape density, complexity, and other factors. Upon completion, the service provider furnishes the beneficiary with a comprehensive digital report detailing the findings of the risk assessment. The service can be delivered through online, in-person or hybrid modalities.
Sector agnostic
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Disclaimer related to service

The service provider’s approval of EIC beneficiaries as clients is predicated on satisfactory due diligence of creditworthiness. The service provider’s risk assessment team will conduct necessary financial evaluations to ascertain the beneficiary’s ability to fulfill its payment obligations under the service contract. Beneficiaries who successfully demonstrate creditworthiness shall be required to pay an upfront fee, consisting of 60% of the professional fees and 100% of the official taxes and charges, before the commencement of services. This upfront fee payment serves as a provision to initiate work on the file. Once the upfront fee has been settled, beneficiaries shall be onboarded as clients and services will commence accordingly.

Financial requirements

An hourly rate of €300.