The first part will provide participants with a general description of Freedom to Operate analysis.
The second part will elaborate on the role of FTO in Horizon2020 projects and the European Commission position. Particular attention will be paid to the SME instrument, encouraging the beneficiaries to think about potential issues connected to intellectual property and intellectual property rights, even during the project proposal stage.
Finally, the third part of the web session will give a practical example of FTO in the day-to-day activity of the company PATEV, which has a long track record in helping SMEs solving issues connected to IPR. In particular, the examples will be helpful for participants to understand how FTO was useful for the company, what strategic decisions have been made on the information disclosed by the FTO analysis, and what would have happened if they would have chosen to make business without caring about potential IPR market barriers and restrictions.