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Assessing Freedom to Operate Without Breaking the Bank

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Originally presented: December 12, 2012

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The time and resources involved for your TTO in taking an invention from disclosure through assessment, oftentimes further development, and ultimately to a patent application and licensing or start-up represent a major investment — both from your budget and your staff. So it’s not only wasteful but frustrating to go through that process, only to find later that a “patent thicket” exists that will keep the innovation from ever reaching the marketplace.

That’s where freedom to operate analysis comes in. Not only can it save you time and money by identifying third-party IP rights, it can also help you shift strategies and focus the invention and its patent on white spaces where you can safely practice the invention and block others from treading on that ground. But the costs of FTO analysis when using outside counsel can be even more frightening than the cost of patenting the idea.

To help TTOs make the best use of FTO analysis without busting their budgets in the process, Technology Transfer Tactics has partnered with two prominent attorneys whose practice focuses on freedom to operate matters. Kevin Greenleaf and Mark Stignani are prepped and ready to provide you with cost-effective FTO strategies you can immediately implement. Whether you choose an in-house approach or decide to outsource FTO, they’ll show you how to do it without breaking the bank.

Join us for this highly informative 90-minute program:

Assessing Freedom to Operate
Without Breaking the Bank

Here’s what our attorney experts will cover:

  • Cutting through the Patent Haze with effective prior art searches
  • Examining the non-patent literature
  • Impact of open innovation and open source projects on FTO
  • Patent analytic tools that you should use before embarking on FTO analysis
  • Best practices for cost-effectively making the most of your FTO analysis
  • In-house or outsource: How to choose the best option for your innovations
  • The key differences between determining FTO: non-infringement of claims approach vs an invalidity approach

Your Expert Presenters:

Kevin Greenleaf is an Associate with Schwegman, Lundberg and Woessner in Washington, DC. Mr. Greenleaf’s practice includes patent procurement, post-grant proceedings, portfolio analysis, technical analysis, and strategic counseling, with emphasis on computer architecture, software, circuit design, semiconductors, and microelectronic fabrication. Mr. Greenleaf began his legal career in-house by determining the value of patent portfolios. He now applies his in-house skills by preparing reexamination requests and providing technical analysis. As part of SLW’s post-grant team, Mr. Greenleaf manages all aspects of preparing, prosecuting and analyzing post-grant proceedings.

Mark Stignani is a registered patent attorney and serves as Of Counsel at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner. He has patent experience in various technology areas, including software, information systems, mobile devices, computer hardware and design, telecommunications, and mechanical. His practice includes prosecution, reexamination, patent and portfolio analysis, freedom to operate, patent strategy and planning and strategic counseling. Prior to joining SLW, Mark served as an Assistant General Counsel for Thomson Reuters for over ten years.

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