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Lunchtime Seminar: Freedom to Operate

We will be holding a lunchtime seminar on Freedom to Operate (FTO), at The Magdalen Centre, Oxford, on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

We will provide a general guide to the FTO process from deciding when/whether to perform an FTO all the way to considering how to deal with potential risks identified in an FTO.

Topics covered will include:

  • When is an FTO appropriate
  • Searching considerations, including whether the search should include aspects like manufacturing methods/formulations and what sequences should be searched
  • Evaluating potential FTO risks – key points of claim interpretation, other factors to consider such as applicant identity and expiry date
  • Processes for continued monitoring of FTO risks and potential modes of dealing with FTO risks


Lucy Barnes and Amanda Simons


Registration is now closed. To enquire about the event please email Katherine Fernandes.


The Magdalen Centre, The Oxford Science Park, 1 Robert Robinson Avenue, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4GA