Archive for the ‘Drafting Medical Technology Patents’ Category

How Medical Research Leads to New Patent Ideas

A new patent pending medical device – based on scientific research – proves even simple innovations to existing products can be very lucrative. Surgical masks haven’t changed too much since 1918. It was the year of the Spanish Flu pandemic, and surgeons adopted cotton gauze masks during surgery to protect themselves from patient diseases. The interest in masks as germ barriers wa... Read More

Supreme Court Case Could Change Patenting and Prosecution of Medical Software Patents

I am awaiting my red-eye flight back home to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after attending the 2nd Annual Medical Device Patenting Conference in San Francisco.  It was a great conference on patenting with an emphasis on medical devices, software, and processes.  There were a number of in-house and outside attorneys that focus their practices on the patenting of medical devices.&nbs... Read More

Single Letter Wrong in Medical Patent on Heart Surgury Solution Spells Disaster

Osmolarity  vs. Osmolality – What a difference a single letter makes!  Can getting a single letter of the alphabet wrong in an issued patent spell disaster when it comes to litigating against infringers?  Unless the mistake is seen as being a minor typographical error that can be corrected by filing a certificate of correction, the answer is a resounding yes. Ha... Read More

Patent Approved for Hythiam’s Alcohol Treatment Program

Interest in the mind-body connection in particular is a trend that has continued to grow over the last several years, and you can see this in patented products in virtually every category, including fitness, publishing, alternative health practices, the expansion of nutraceuticals into even our soda, etc.

Patent office overstretched due to increased workload – WIPO Report

The WIPO Patent Report, 2007 Edition, mentions that, Increasing demand has led to increases in workload in some patent offices, although the number of patent applications pending examination differs significantly from one office to another. The United States of America had more than 900,000 pending applications in 2005, with Japan having the next largest number of pending applications (according t... Read More