As technology progresses and more new ideas begin to be introduced into the industry, the importance of professional patent law guidance continues to grow. The Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic both triggered an increased focus in the space on the development of new and exciting medical device technology. These new technologies were incredibly important for the patients that needed them across the globe, but the development and differentiation processes ended up being very costly. In order to make the process of bringing a new idea to market more cost-effective and efficient, it is essential to properly secure intellectual property rights.
Intellectual Property Services For The Medical Device Industry
One of the most important aspects of intellectual property occurs during the R&D phase of the process. During research and development, it is important to perform proper due diligence in order to find the white space for your unique idea. Performing a patent search and looking for how you can further differentiate your product can end up saving you big in the long run.
It is not uncommon for two devices to be made around the same time and not realize it until a patent search with the USPTO is conducted. These searches attempt to look for similarities in design and functionality while searching through all available publications and sources that are available through the USPTO. The findings of this search can go a long way toward enabling companies to see where they need to further differentiate and solidify a unique spot in the market.
Types Of Patents For Medical Devices
Medical device ventures usually opt for a few main types of patent applications. These include:
Getting your patent filing done as soon as possible can help to ensure you are one of the first to market and that you solidify your unique place. The patent process, however, can be a very extensive process. Filing a provisional patent gives you a year to start the patent filing process. Getting a provisional patent helps to get you an early start and secure your date for applying.
Design patents are a form of a patent that protects the unique design features of the patent, rather than its usage features. This helps to protect features of the product that, for example, make it more friendly to children or minimize discomfort during use. Design patents can last for up to 15 years.
Complete The Patent Process With Ease
Completing the patent process is an essential part of the life cycle of bringing a medical device to market. We specialize in helping guide our clients through every step of this process from the initial due diligence and filing phase to later enforcement and protection actions that may need to be taken. Regardless of what your needs are, we can help provide personalized and professional services that help to make this process fast and efficient so you can focus on innovation.
For more information, reach out to our team of experienced IP attorneys today at 202-979-9784.