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Freedom to Operate for Life Sciences & Pharma

Dates to be Confirmed

1-4pm, Day 1 and Day 2


Cost of Webinar
£250 for Day 1 or 2
£450 for both Day 1 and 2


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 - 3.5 Hours​

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

  • How to protect your IP rights

  • The Patent Lifecycle, including Patent Term Extension (e..g, Supplementary Protection Certificates)

  • Regulatory Data Protection

  • US Patent Law

  • How to read a Patent and Interpret Claims

  • Patent & Database Searching: (e,g,, for novelty, FTO, validity; regulatory data, and patent status assessments)

DAY 2 - 3.5 Hours

  • Ownership of IP Rights

  • Infringement and Enforcement of Patents in the UK and before the Unitary Patent Court

  • Challenging Patents in the UK, USA, the Unitary Patent Court or before the European Patent Office

  • Freedom to Operate - how to identify and deal with troublesome Third Party Patents

  • CRISPR Case Study

  • FTO Group Exercises

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