At PATINFO 2021, which was again held as a virtual event, the IPI gave a workshop on the topic Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) – weighing up risk and cost. More than 40 people, mainly from industry, attended and actively took part in the discussion.
The effort and cost involved in clarifying one’s freedom to operate can vary greatly. They are influenced by the product development phase, the complexity of the product, and the markets to be covered – and they should be tailored to the certainty required with regard to these.
In the workshop, we discussed how exactly these factors influence the search strategy and effort, how cost savings, i.e. restrictions in the search strategy, affect the final result, and how the residual risk can be estimated after the search.
We tailor every search to an optimal cost/risk ratio for our clients. Discuss your needs with us – we will be happy to advise you.