About our Course
Ensuring that you have freedom to operate is an essential step in bringing your new products or services to market. Learn how to formulate and develop your search strategy, conduct searches, review your output and report your findings.
Who Should Attend?
R&D scientists & engineers, business development managers, technology transfer and licensing professionals, IP analysts and trainee patent attorneys bringing new products and services to market.
Outline of Course
The Patenting Process
UK, National and international routes to securing patent protection
Patent families, Divisionals, Continuations, Continuations-in-Part
Challenging Patents – European oppositions, US re-examination
Publicly Available Patent and Intellectual Property Office Databases
Inventor, Competitor, Landscape, Novelty, Freedom to Operate, Validity Searches
Technology Considerations - Device, Software, Chemical, Bio-sequences
Inventor, Company, Technology Landscape, Novelty and Validity Searches
What is Freedom to Operate?
Defining your Product or Service Offering
Timescale and Geographical Considerations
Formulating and Developing Your Search Strategy
Managing and Analysing the Search Output
Dealing with Patent Applications
Checking Patent Status
Reporting to attorneys and /or senior management