Certificate Course in Freedom to Operate (FTO) Analysis

Freedom-to-Operate analysis or FTO analysis is a kind of patent search that is performed to determine whether a particular action, such as testing or commercializing a product, can be done without infringing valid intellectual property rights of any third parties. The results of the search enable minimization of the risk of patent infringement upon product launch. The search scope includes identification & assessment of relevant patents (in-force and published patent applications) in desired jurisdictions. Product features are mapped with claims of relevant patent documents identified and chances of patent infringement are assessed.



Key learnings

  • Kinds of patent searches and need to perform the same
  • ­Basics of FTO search, search techniques and formulation of search strings/strategies
  • Identification of relevant patent documents and claim mapping
  • Calculating term of patent, expiry date and legal status of the patent
  • Assessing chances of infringement, taking into consideration legal framework of the desired jurisdiction
  • Preparation of FTO report


Candidate must have Bachelors degree in science or technology such as BE, B.Tech, B.Sc. etc

Who should join?

The course is useful to any person keen to pursue career in IPR, fresh students as well as working IP Professionals who want to enhance skills and experience in performing various kinds of patent searches.

Modes of learning and fee

      Fee INR 9500 (Indian Students) USD 150 (Foreign Students)
      Duration 6 months (including project work + 1 month internship)
      How to enrol? Click here to register!

Course content

Teaching Modules

What is a Freedom to Operate Search?
Important considerations for FTO search
Patent Search Techniques
Performing a Freedom to Operate search
Identifying patent limitations
Writing a Freedom to Operate Search report
Infringement Bypass Options
Guidelines for Project submission

Projects Submission

After finishing the teaching modules the students have to submit a project on Freedom to Operate Analysis.

Exam and Certification

Upon completion of written examination and submission of the project, certificates will be issued to the successful participants.