An Introduction to IP – Freedom to Operate (FTO)

29th January 2021, 9:00 am

Having your own patent does not mean that you can ignore other people’s patents. Before you start commercialising your invention, it is prudent to do a Freedom to Operate (FTO) search to try to find any patents that are relevant to your product or process.

The third webinar in our “Introduction to IP” series, this webinar outlines the reasons for undertaking an FTO search and the three stages of the FTO search and analysis.

Hosted by Philip Webber, a qualified UK and European patent attorney, and a partner in Dehns’ Life Sciences Group with a degree in Natural Sciences (Genetics) from Cambridge University and a PhD in molecular biology from Warwick University. His work is largely with start-ups, small/medium size companies and universities with inventions in the pharmaceutical or biotechnological fields and he has over 25 years’ IP experience.

Philip’s work involves writing and filing patent applications, and getting them granted for his clients all around the world. He has particular expertise in obtaining European patents (including dealing with EPO Opposition and Appeal procedures) and US patents. He also provides advice on IP landscapes and Freedom to Operate (FTO) advice on competitors’ patents.

The information in this webinar is given as guidance. Legal advice should be sought for particular matters. Dehns accepts no responsibility for any action taken / not taken on the basis of this webinar.

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Top tier ranked by leading IP and legal directories, clients range from large, multinational corporations to small and medium sized businesses and from universities, spin-outs and start-ups to private inventors.

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