Freedom to Operate for Life Sciences & Pharma

20 and 21 September 2022

1-4pm 20 September; 10am-1pm 21 September


Cost of Webinar
£149 for 20 or 21 September
£249 for 20 and 21 September


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