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Freedom to Operate: The Preparations

@inproceedings{Kowalski2007FreedomTO,
  title={Freedom to Operate: The Preparations},
  author={Stanley P. Kowalski and Anatole F. Krattiger and Richard T. Mahoney and Lita L. Nelsen and James Alexander Kerr Thomson and Alan B. Bennett and K. Satyanarayana and Gregory D. Graff and Carlos Fernandez},
  year={2007}
}
Freedom to Operate (FTO) is the ability to proceed with the research, development and/or commercial production of a new product or process with a minimal risk of infringing the unlicensed intellectual property (IP) rights or tangible property (TP) rights of third parties. The procedure for assessing whether the product or process possesses FTO is called the FTO analysis, performed by meticulously dissecting the product or process into its fundamental components and then scrutinizing each for… 

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