Sponsored Seminars

9th Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents


Boston, MA

Marriott Boston Copley Place
Boston, MA

Presentation Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Thomas Saunders and John Serio, partners in the Boston office, will be presenting Freedom to Operate Assessments in Biotechnology: Analysis, Opinions and More at the upcoming American Conference Institute seminar.

The presentation will cover:

  • Knowing when a freedom to operate analysis is necessary
  • Guaranteeing the right to commercialize the IP at issue without infringing the claims of a third party
    • identifying and analyzing potential blocking patents
    • monitoring activity in pending third party applications
    • assessing infringement risks in biotech
    • considering indirect infringement issues
    • including un-issued patents and predated priority dates, common with biotechnology
    • evaluating patent issues outside the U.S.
  • Accounting for the complexity of increasingly overlapping patents
    • determining claim scope
    • finding out what is pending
    • checking on ongoing prosecution to predict what may issue
  • Effectively conducting the more elaborate search necessary for biologic compounds
    • defining and refining the topic
    • finding and mining useful tools and sources of information
    • managing the intricacies of sequence searching
  • Deciding if an FTO opinion is necessary
    • evaluating the strength of a possible opinion
    • understanding the complexities of privilege and discovery issues relative to opinions
  • Analyzing current case law that can affect your FTO analysis
    • the impact of the 271(e)(1) safe harbor

For more information, or to register, please visit the event's website.