Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Best Practices for Competitive Patent Analyses and FTOs for University Startups 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Best Practices for Competitive Patent Analyses and FTOs for University Startups 

May 26 (Wednesday) 
12:00-1:30 PM EST
$150 Members / $225 Non-Members Presenters:
Sean D. Solberg, JD, Patent Attorney, Shareholder, Dentons Davis Brown Law Firm 
John Christie, MBA, Executive Director, Technology Transfer, Tulane University

Technology-based startups need a strong patent strategy that includes an analysis of competitive patents. But there is an inherent tension between the need for a competitive patent analysis and the startup’s limited financial resources. This webinar will focus on best practices for pursuing competitive patents, plus freedom to operate analyses that satisfy the obligations to avoid willful infringement, all while staying within the budget constraints of a startup.  

To understand the legal rules as they currently stand, we will discuss the 2016 Halo ruling on willful patent infringement. We will also examine this topic from the point of view of a university technology transfer office (TTO) as a licensor of patent applications. How far should the TTO go with its Freedom to Operate analysis, and what is the TTO’s obligation to the prospective licensee? Lastly, we will suggest best practices for startups and TTOs for Freedom to Operate analyses.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Explain the law of willful infringement. 
  • Explain the basics of competitive patent analysis. 
  • Discuss best practices for executing an effective third-party patent analysis while avoiding willfulness. 
  • Describe obligations of a TTO to a licensee regarding freedom to operate analysis.