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EU - Webinar: Freedom to Operate

While an absolute guarantee of freedom to operate will never be attainable, there are ways of minimizing the risks that can save a company significant resources.

Whenever a company is planning to develop and launch a new product, a major risk, particularly in technology sectors where there is extensive patenting, is that commercialization may be blocked by a competitor who holds a patent for a technology incorporated within that product. This is why many companies, at an early stage, seek to secure their “freedom to operate,” i.e. to ensure that the commercial production, marketing and use of their new product, process or service does not infringe the IP rights of others.

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The webinar is offered free of charge.


European IP Helpdek webinar: Freedom to Operate
by Davis Sanchez (Pexels)

Host: European IP Helpdesk

Speaker: Dr Christian Hackl, (IP expert, European IP Helpdesk)

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

This training session provides an overview of:

  • What is FTO, what are the different FTO types?
  • What level of accuracy can be chosen in the data analysis?
  • Why is FTO strategically important for commercialisation activities of SMEs?
  • When should SMEs choose to invest in FTO analysis?
  • and how much should they budget for that?

Duration: 60 minutes (presentation) + 15 minutes (Q&As)

Fee: The webinar will be offered free of charge.


General contact

European IP Helpdesk Training Team