Freedom to Operate Searching

A one-day In-house training programme covering the background and motivations to searching freedom to operate, understanding the background, defining the terms and objectives. Also covered are the fundamentals of FTO search scope and the methods for searching for claimed features and how to understand and report the results from an FTO perspective.

In-house Training Services and Consultancy

A one-day In-house training programme covering the background and motivations to searching freedom to operate, understanding the background, defining the terms and objectives. Also covered are the fundamentals of FTO search scope and the methods for searching for claimed features and how to understand and report the results from an FTO perspective.

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Sample programme

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

Recommended trainer

Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams is a Director of Magister Ltd, a patents documentation consultancy and training service. He worked in technical information for over 20 years, latterly for nearly 9 years with Zeneca Agrochemicals (now Syngenta) as their principal patent searcher. He is Director-at-Large for PIUG Inc.