Medical devices and diagnostic equipment

The healthcare ecosystem has a wide range of different players but each has the common focus of improving patient care and outcomes. Collaboration between clinicians, researchers and engineers across different entities in the private and public sectors is common. Also, there are significant differences in the healthcare ecosystem in different countries.

Subtle shifts in IP strategy away from a purely commercial approach are often needed to try and achieve the common public interest goal. International variations in what can be protected, and the nature of the commercial relationships, need to be taken into account at the start of developing an IP strategy.

Client Testimonial
“Over the years we have been working with Martin [Neilson] we have found him to be a highly skilled and efficient adviser with the depth of knowledge necessary to work with our technologies in a busy healthcare patent landscape. The advice and service is invaluable as we develop our innovative technology platforms.’’

Technical Director, Trio Healthcare Ltd

How we can help

We work with healthcare professionals, SMEs, universities, NHS Trusts, international businesses and market leading multinationals to deliver IP strategies balancing the commercial opportunity with the public good agenda. Our attorneys have many years of experience working in and for such organisations in various roles, including in-house counsel, outside counsel and researchers.

Our attorneys’ technical backgrounds and experience includes biomaterials, implants and instrumentation, medical supplies and consumables, smart devices, medical imaging, medical software and computer assisted surgery systems. We have years of experience of the international variations in protecting medical, surgical and diagnostic methods.

Example projects include investor due diligence on an international joint venture relating to surgery systems; international patent drafting, filing and prosecution for market leading orthopaedic implants and instrumentation; successfully defending oppositions to computer implanted surgical planning patents; successfully opposing medical devices patent of multinational competitor; cost effective patenting strategy, drafting and filing for NHS Trust in advance of commercial partnership opportunity.

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0113 245 3365


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Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney



Dr Ian Atkinson

Senior Patent Attorney


Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant


Dr Jocelyn Retter

Patent Attorney


Dr Nick Burton

Senior Patent Attorney


Tom Baker


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