An In-depth Look at the Strategic Use of Freedom-to-Operate Patent Analysis and Associated Opinions

May 5, 2021

Please join Gregory Kirsch, Partner and Head of SGR’s Intellectual Property Practice, for a webinar organized by IP Resources.

This webinar will focus on strategic use of freedom-to-operate (FTO) analysis and patent opinions (non-infringement, invalidity, etc.), to mitigate risk and potential exposure with respect to third-party patents. Recent case law in the US has made this an even more relevant and evolving topic.

Companies traditionally have used analysis of third-party patents and associated patent opinions to assess their freedom-to-operate and guard against charges of willfulness (which can lead to enhanced damages, if a company is found to be liable for patent infringement).

The case law in the United States swung away from such requirements 10+ years ago, but more recent case law has made this analysis more important than ever, in certain situations. Learn when, why and how companies need to consider the study of third-party patents, to assess the likelihood of being liable for patent infringement, to guard themselves against charges of willful infringement, and to try to design around third-party patents when possible.


Greg Kirsch, Partner, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Mr. Kirsch serves as patent counsel to clients ranging from large multinational corporations to small start-ups, as well as universities. His practice encompasses the entire range of patent law, including patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio development, patent opinions (infringement, validity and patentability), post grant proceedings, licensing, as well as patent litigation.

Hadas Glassman, IP Manager, Shamir Optical Industry Ltd

Hadas is the IP Manager of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd., a leading Israel-based, multinational innovator in ophthalmic lens technologies. Hadas’ background includes over 20 years of experience in IP litigation and consultation as a partner at Luthi & Co., a boutique Israeli IP law firm.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

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