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Freedom-to-Operate Opinions

Freedom-to-operate is an analysis undertaken to answer the question, “can I put this product or process on the market?” in a given country.

A given product or process is often multi-faceted.  A composition will have multiple components and an ultimate end use; a device will have numerous features often interacting with one another.

We are very familiar with this type of work.

Step 1: identify your commercial goal and budget

Step 2: understand your product/process in detail

Step 3: obtain a search from you, or instruct one of our tried-and-trusted searchers

Step 4: analyse the search results and short list relevant hits

Step 5: perform a detailed infringement/validity analysis of any relevant hits

Step 6: provide you with an answer to your question of whether you have freedom-to-operate
 

Your experience has probably told you that freedom-to-operate is expensive, time-consuming and frustrating.  It can be a substantial piece of work, but we can use our experience to guide you through the process.

Meet the team
Richard Gillard
Partner
Richard has 15 years of experience in the full range of patent services, including drafting, prosecution, opposition and opinion work.
James Anderson
Partner
James has experience across all aspects of patent practice. A large proportion of his time is spent working on high value European patents.
Richard Cooke
Partner
Richard joined Elkington and Fife LLP in October 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2008 and a European Patent Attorney in 2010.
Simon Greene
Consultant
Simon is a former EPO examiner with extensive experience in prosecution of difficult cases and drafting for clients both locally and abroad.
Oliver Kingsbury
Partner
A qualified European and UK Patent Attorney since 2002, Oliver has experience in providing a broad range of IP support.
Peter Charlton
Consultant
Peter has over 30 years experience dealing with contentious Patent and Trade Mark issues.
Rob Zijlstra
Consultant
Rob has particular experience in patent drafting and prosecution covering a wide variety of technical areas.
Nick Ertl
Partner
Nick has 20 years experience in the drafting of patent applications and their prosecution around the world, especially before the EPO.
Lee Mullen
Partner
Lee prosecutes patent applications for a wide range of clients before the EPO and UK Patent Office, as well as instructing attorneys globally.
Samantha Busher
Partner
Samantha handles a full range of patent work, ranging from prosecuting applications, handling opposition and appeal work.
Mark Scott
Associate
Mark studied Chemistry at the University of Warwick graduating with a first class MChem (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Training.
our patent sectors
Whilst our work spans a wide range of subject areas, the majority falls within the following sectors: