The medical field is in a constant state of innovation. Inventors seeking intellectual property protection for new medical devices, chemical or pharmaceutical inventions, or innovation in healthcare IT, are strongly advised by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to contact a registered patent attorney or a patent agent.
The field of medical devices is extremely litigated, largely due in part to medical devices having received extensive patent protection over the years. Innovation in medical devices may include physical devices, such as diagnostic instruments, stents, implantable devices, diabetes equipment, surgical devices, medical supplies, electronic medical devices and monitoring equipment, as well as generalized methods and systems, such as diagnostic methods, drug-delivery systems, therapeutic devices, pain care systems or devices, digital signal processing, and endoscopy systems. Medical devices in the fields of oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, gynecology, and neuroscience are routinely proected by one or multiple patents.
Due to the its important social implications, the medical field is both highly regulated and highly competitive, resulting in small profit margins and relatively short periods of time in which a new product can hold market share. For all of the aforementioned reasons, it is all the more important to craft an effective and extensive patent protection strategy.
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Chemical inventions are essential to virtually every sector of the economy. These inventions, ranging from new compounds, to manufacturing lubricants, to nanotechnology, require Intellectual Property protection as well.
Patents are paramount to the success of the pharmaceutical industry, ensuring that a pharmaceutical company can recoup the costs invested in the research and development of a new chemical composition before it becomes generic. However, chemical patents are not restricted to the pharmaceutical industry. Rather, an inventor may acquire a chemical patent in any field, including new compounds, new combinations, biological chemistry, chemical engineering , construction chemicals or materials , consumer products, edible products, inorganic and organic chemistry, metallurgy, or nanotechnology and other innovations in the material sciences.
Chemical patents, in addition to providing economic and intellectual protection, are an important source of technical and bibliographic information. Due to their generic structure, chemical patents serve as a vast and detailed collection of chemical data. Many chemical patents contain Markush structures, which may broaden a patent claim as needed. You need a patent attorney experienced in dealing with chemical patents and Markush claims to ensure the broadest protection possible.
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Healthcare IT is currently booming, thereby creating demands for smarter, more connected, and more efficient systems. Recent innovations in Healthcare IT include streamling the flow of medical history information through Electronic Medical Records (EMR), facilitating the flow of test results information through Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), and allowing doctors around the globe to evaluate patients' symptoms in a matter of moments through Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). Healthcare IT innovation may also include web-based software applications, wireless innovations, and advancements in bioinformatics, digital imaging, PACS, EMR, and RFID technologies.
Furthering the need for more efficient healthcare systems, recent healthcare reforms are shifting the healthcare landscape and forcing healthcare providers to adjust their policies evolving government regulations. Healthcare IT has become vital in facilitating such adjustments.
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