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Wei Wu


Fulton Jeang PLLC

Wei Wu is an associate at Fulton Jeang PLLC. Wei has a passion for patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret. As a prior patent examiner in China, Wei has significant experience working with cutting-edge technology and handling patent and trademark application and prosecution. Wei is also a frequent contributor to IP publications both in the U.S. and China.


Recent Articles by Wei Wu

Maximizing Business Opportunities with a Robust Freedom-to-Operate Opinion

Freedom-to-operate (FTO) means the ability and confidence to use, make, or sell a product or process without fear of infringing the intellectual property (IP) rights of others. An FTO analysis identifies and evaluates patent infringement risks (and potentially other types of intellectual property) and provides valuable information for research and technology commercialization. Many companies conduct an internal FTO analysis for the development of a new product or process, redesign of an existing operating unit, or change of manufacturing process or raw materials. Some may choose to conduct an FTO analysis only when the commercialization of a product is likely to generate a threshold amount of profit. This decision may depend on the budget, the likelihood of litigation, and the potential revenue generated by the sales of the new product or service.

Wherein Clauses in Patent Drafting: Pitfalls to Avoid

Patent drafting relies on the precise and strategic use of language to protect innovative ideas. A subtle misuse of adverbs can render a patent vulnerable to attacks on its validity. Words like “whereby”, “wherein”, “thereby”, “such that”, or “to” frequently appear in patent drafting, and they are often used to introduce an additional process, situation, purpose, or result. A seemingly innocuous choice of words can tip the scales of patentability and infringement. In patent drafting, every word holds the power to shape the future of innovation.