FTO in Practice: Engineering, Material Science & High Tech
- Essentials of FTO: what it is, when to do it and how much it costs
- FTO Search: strategies and scope
- Drafting FTO opinions
- Taking action: protective letters and more
- Added value of FTO: reusing the results
- Evaluating search results: infringement, validity, prior art
Aims and objectivesIn a world of increasingly dense patent thickets, freedom to operate (FTO) is crucial for your company's or your client's market success. Otherwise, potentially high investments in R&D might be wasted if the results cannot be commercialized due to patent barriers. Poorly executed FTO might lead your company or your client directly before a patent court. When properly conducted, FTO helps to identify the need either to design around or to license in.
Our experienced speakers will help you to be prepared for FTO challenges when your company or your client wants to introduce new products or enhance existing ones. They will discuss with you best practices for setting up time and cost sensitive FTO searches and drafting effective FTO opinions. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to discover the potential of FTO for market expansion and competitor watching.
- Types of FTO
- What is/isn't a FTO
- Whether or not to carry out a FTO
- Effects of FTO (opinion) on liability and damages
- Budget and timeline (what, where, when and how much)
- Who should perform the search
- (Level of) information to be given to outside counsel/search firm to perform search
- Search strategy - how to find technically relevant documents
- Scope of the search: search by countries, search by competitors
- Search tools and databases
- Dealing with foreign languages
- Maintaining search records
- Structuring the search report
- Infringement, including indirect infringement
- Validity, prior art search
- Particularities of foreign jurisdictions, in particular the US
- When to seek the opinion of local counsel and whom to ask
- Drafting opinions
- Watching and monitoring
- Seek a non-infringement opinion
- Design around
- Seek license; special case standard essential patent
- Attack the patent/application
- File protective letters
- Conscious decision to take risk
- Your own IP
- Reusing the results
- Expanding your markets
- Landscaping and competitor watching
Christof Karl is a European Patent Attorney and attorney-at-law admitted to practice in Germany and New York. He is a partner at the Munich office of Bardehle Pagenberg and prosecutes and litigates patents in the fields of information technology and telecommunications, including for worldwide major manufacturers of mobile phones and computer game consoles. His extensive litigation experience allows him to put an emphasis on claims with an optimum scope of protection. He was recommended in Managing IP Handbook 2012.
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Daniel has extensive experience in planning and handling large FTO projects and shares responsibility for managing a large portfolio of on-going FTO matters. These cover a wide range of subject-matter, primarily in the sphere of food technology and a number of international jurisdictions. Daniel has represented clients at EPO Opposition and Appeal hearings to clear the way for new product launches and development.
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Leiden is just 16 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol airport by train, and the course hotel is close to the central station.
'The course dealt with many aspects of the FTO by way of specific examples which makes it easier to unterstand any particular situation.'
'Interesting; very good quality of speakers.'
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