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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 20 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 E + F in October 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2008 and a European Patent Attorney in 2010.
Oliver Kingsbury
Partner
A qualified European and UK Patent Attorney since 2002, Oliver has experience in providing a broad range of IP support.
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, handling a diverse range of subject-matter.
Samantha Busher
Partner
Samantha handles a full range of patent work, ranging from prosecuting applications, handling opposition and appeal work.
Rob Zijlstra
Consultant
Rob has particular experience in patent drafting and prosecution covering a wide variety of technical areas.
Mark Scott
Partner
Mark has experience across a broad range of patent matters, with particular expertise in prosecuting applications before the EPO.
Richard Scott
Associate
Richard obtained a first class MChem degree form the University of Oxford in 2009, completing a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry in 2013.
our patent sectors
Whilst our work spans a wide range of subject areas, the majority falls within the following sectors: