Freedom to Operate for Life Sciences & Pharma

9 and 10 March 2022

1-4pm 9 March; 10am-1pm 10 March


Cost of Webinar
£199 for 9 or 10 March 
£299 for 9 and 10 March


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 chemical, biological and device patents in the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical 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

DAY 1 - 3 Hours​

  • IP Rights in Life Sciences and Pharma (patents, trade marks, designs and trade secrets)

  • Patent Term and patent term extension (e.g., Supplementary Protection Certificates)

  • US Patent Law

  • How to read a Patent and Interpret Claims

  • Patent & Database Searching: FTO, novelty, validity & competitor searches; regulatory data, patent term & status

  • Group Exercises

DAY 2 - 3 Hours

  • Ownership of IP Rights

  • Infringement and Enforcement of Patents, including the Doctrine of Equivalents

  • Freedom to Operate - how to deal with Third Party Patents

  • Challenging Patents in the UK, US and before the European Patent Office

  • CRISPR Case Study

  • FTO Group Exercises


Download Course Agenda & Information​

Download the Freedom to Operate for the Life Sciences and Pharma program to find out more about the course and what you can expect on the day