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Freedom to Operate

Date to be Confirmed

9.30am to 5pm


£330, cost includes teaching materials and lunch

 Scales of Justice

About our Course

Ensuring that you have freedom to operate (FTO) or freedom to practise (FTP) is an essential step in bringing your new products or services to market.  Learn how to identify and deal with third party engineering, device and software patents in the Engineering and Manufacturing industries.

Who Should Attend?

R&D scientists & engineers, business development managers, technology transfer and licensing professionals, IP analysts, trainee patent attorneys & commercial lawyers working in the Life Sciences and the Pharmaceutical sectors.


Topics and group exercises include

Outline of Course

  • IP Rights in the Engineering Industries

  • US Patent Law

  • Software Patents

  • SEPs and FRAND

  • Ownership of IP Rights

  • How to read a Patent & Interpret Claims

  • Patent Term/ determining if Patents in Force

  • Patentability versus Freedom to Operate

  • Freedom to Operate Searches

  • Validity Searches

  • Infringement of IP Rights

  • Enforcement of IP Rights

  • Actavis v. Eli Lilly - Doctrine of Equivalents

  • Dealing with Third Party Patents

  • Design Arounds

  • Unitary Patent Stystem

  • Brexit

  • Challenging Patents in Europe and the US

  • FTO Exercises


Download Course Agenda & Information

Download the Freedom to Operate course documents to find out more about the course and what you can expect on the day