Freedom-to-Operate Searching

Management Forum
Course summary
1 day
699 GBP excl. VAT
Open / Scheduled
Next available date: 28/02/2020 - London
Course Dates
28/02/2020   (English)
699 GBP
08/10/2020   (English)
699 GBP

Freedom-to-Operate Searching

Course Overview

To excel in your searching role you need to get to grips with the fundamentals of FTO, understand the scope of a search and analyse the types of rights you will encounter. Critically, you also need to understand how to interpret and evaluate the results from an FTO perspective. Are you up to date with the latest searching methods and technologies? Can you verify the status of patents and report your FTO search accurately?

This must-attend, value-rich event, led by an expert in the field, will answer all your queries and ensure you’re working effectively and comprehensively to get the best results for your business or client.

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This meeting runs back-to-back with Patentability and State-of-the-art Searching and there is a further £150/€210 discount when booked together.

To register on both events click HERE

To find out more call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7749 4730 or e-mail info@management-forum.co.uk

Who Should Attend

  • All those working in IP or patent information or patent engineer roles either in industry or legal businesses, including:
    • IP managers
    • Patent research specialists and analysts
    • Patent attorneys
  • R&D scientists and engineers wanting to ensure they are not ‘re-inventing the wheel’
  • Customer service and training representatives in the commercial information provider community who want to know more about what their customers do with patent data
  • All those wanting to consolidate and enhance their skills in searching


Background and motivations to freedom-to-operate searching; extent, timing, caveats

  • Understanding the background to a search
  • Terminology variation and search objectives

Fundamentals of FTO search scope

  • In-force patents
  • Other IP rights
  • Pending applications
  • Recently lapsed rights
  • Expired rights
  • Non-patent literature
  • Analysing the search question; multiple aspects or features
  • Understanding the results from an FTO perspective; multiple aspects or features
Methods for searching for claimed features; full text and text segments, extended classifications
  • Using basic legal status tools to assist evaluation; finding amended claims
  • After the subject search; verifying status of patents

Reporting aspects for an FTO search

Provider: Management Forum

Management Forum

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The speaker was clearly extremely knowledgable, delivered the material in a fun way.
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