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Fifth Episode of Patent Analytics Webinar Series Discusses FTO Mapping

On June 11, we presented the fifth episode of the Patent Analytics webinar series. Suneel Arora, Tyler Nasiedlak and Mark Stignani joined me. This episode covered, “Best Practices for Developing Reliable Freedom-to-Operate Landscapes and Advanced Techniques for Interactive, Reusable FTO Mapping.”

One of the most dreaded tasks for any product development team is navigating a complex patent landscape in order to achieve an infringement-free product design. We discussed best practices for patent counsel to work with product development teams to perform the key tasks of an FTO project, and also demonstrated how interactive claim maps make navigation of an FTO landscape fast and effective.

Key takeaways from this episode included:

  • FTOs involve multi-sourced, highly nuanced data
  • Detailed human analysis is required
  • You should resolve data inconsistencies by hand
  • Claims are key
  • Commercial FTO mappings require review


The webinar recording (and slides) are available online, if you missed it. You can find them at:


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