Medical Patent News of the Week
As a medical device patent attorney, I take a special interest in news and commentary relating to medical patents, dental patents, and related technology. In this regard, below is a recap of medical patent news for the week:
Five Medical Patent Applications for Lymphoma
MMRGlobal filed five patent applications to treat lymphoma. They include protection for anti-CD20 antibodies, methods of treating B-cell lymphomas using anti-CD20 antibodies, manufacturing methods for idiotype vaccines to treat B-cell pathologies, methods for treating B-cell malignancies with vaccines, and methods for using the vaccines as combinational therapies with chemotherapeutic agents. They’ve also been issued a patent for methods of treating B-cell mediated malignancies.
Read the full story here – Patent Applications
Medical Patent Spat Resolved
MicroAire Surgical Instruments LLC settled a patent infringement and breach of contract lawsuit with Arthrex Inc. involving minimally invasive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Charlottesville, Va.-based MicroAire sued Naples, Fla.-based Arthrex over claims related to the technology, an alternative to open-hand surgery.
Read the full story here – Patent Dispute
Bovie Medical Patents Push Share Price Up
Shares of Bovie Medical Corporation, shot up more than 53% after the manufacturer and marketer of electrosurgical products announced new patents. They also recently submitted an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a new handpiece with retractable cutting features to be used in both laparoscopic and open procedures. On November 8, 2010 Bovie filed additional patents for its new J-Plasma handpiece.
Read the full story here – Medical Patent
Doctor Patents Medical Device to Curb Hospital Infections
Richard H. Ma, M.D has received a patent for a lightweight plastic cover for stethoscopes that will dramatically reduce hospital-acquired infections. Stethguard is a V-shaped clear plastic cover that protects the head of the stethoscope up to its neck, where most of the germs and bacteria are located.
Read the full story here – Medical Device Patent
U.S. Supreme Court to decide Stanford University patent case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Stanford University’s quest to assert the patent rights of its medical researchers, setting up a legal showdown between the nation’s federally funded academic research arms and one of the world’s pharmaceutical giants.
Read the full story here – Medical Patent Case
Judge Nixes Medical Patent
A Texas judge has struck down the patent protection behind a key medical device technology that has been worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Wake Forest University through the years. Called “Vacuum-Assisted Closure”, it helps to close off a wound promoting faster healing.
Read the full story here – Medical Device Patent Struck Down