Freedom to Operate discussed at 2016 Patent Information Conference, Madrid
Freedom to operate is an increasingly prevalent concern amongst the international business community, insurance companies, financial institutions, investors and intellectual property (IP) attorneys who need to assess the extent of potential IP infringement risks of a proposed commercial activity.
A granted patent or registered industrial design provides the IP owner with a legal right to preclude others from using, producing, importing, selling or offering for sale or hire the claimed subject matter of an in force IP right that can exist in one or more countries. In order to assess the risk of patent or industrial design infringement, a thorough search of IP rights needs to be conducted.
DCC Senior Associate, Susanne Hantos, will be speaking at the European Patent Office’s Patent Information Conference in Madrid this month on the challenges organisations face when identifying the risks and also what is needed to improve the certainty of freedom to operate assessments. This is the third time Susanne has been invited to speak at this highly regarded annual conference that attracts over 400 delegates from all over the world who are affiliated with SMEs, IP law firms, national, regional or international patent authorities or multi-national corporations.