FTO - Freedom-to-what?

15 December 2015

Written by Peter Borg Gaarde and Susanne Høiberg

You have been granted a patent – but is access thereby granted to the market? Understand FTO in five minutes

A patent is an exclusive right. A patent does in particular not grant a patentee a right to make or use or sell an invention, because the invention might contain technology which has been patented by a third party, or the patented invention might be an improved version of a previous invention that is still protected by a patent. In a patent the exclusive right is defined by the claims, described in the description and exemplified in examples and drawings.

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