PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals
A patent search to discover Freedom to Operate (FTO) or Freedom to Practice is one of the fundamental searches an Intellectual Property searcher must learn to master. FTO searches provide details on what is legally protected and can yield insight into making informed business decisions.
Freedom to Operate Fundamentals is taught by highly experienced PIUG members with many years of searching and training experience. The course will build understanding of the fundamental concepts of FTO, and develop general techniques based on current patent law into focused strategies for performing FTO searches in the engineering, chemical, and biotech areas. It will demonstrate best practices for searching in each area and case studies of complete searches.
Discover additional approaches that will help you be more effective by saving time and providing more accurate results. Learn how to utilize freely accessible resources for searching claimed content and to determine what is legally in-force, including INPADOC, national patent office registers, and vendor offerings. This lecture-based course will include slide presentations, live examples of focused searches, and a printed handout.
Whether you are new to performing FTO searches or more experienced, this course will provide techniques to take your FTO research skills to the next level, and help advance your career
Breakfast starts at 8:00 am and class starts at 8:30 AM. All registrations include breakfast, lunch and both AM and PM breaks.
Jun 19 - Sep 29
Sep 30 - Oct 22
After Oct 22
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Name changes will be permitted until and including Oct. 27, 2017. If cancellation is received prior to October 14, 2017, a 50% refund of the registration fee will be provided. No refund will be provided after October 13, 2017. All changes and/or cancellation requests must be sent in writing to Ken Koubek at email@example.com .
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