Medical devices

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 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' 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 device patents of multinational competitors; cost-effective patenting strategy, drafting and filing for NHS Trust in advance of a commercial partnership opportunity.

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Case studies

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Anonymous medical client

Taking a scalpel to a European patent

We identified a fatal flaw and entirely revoked a competitor’s patent on the rare basis of insufficiency.

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Brandon Medical

Lighting the way for new medical technology

When securing patent protection for a number of complex aspects of an invention, the ability to submit robust technical arguments is key.

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Anonymous medical client

Taking a scalpel to a European patent

We identified a fatal flaw and entirely revoked a competitor’s patent on the rare basis of insufficiency.

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Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Cardiff

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Leeds

Dr Neil Pawlyn

Managing Partner - Cardiff

Dr Nick Burton

Partner - Leeds

Robert Orr

Partner - Leeds

Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner - London

Tom Baker

Partner - Cardiff

Dr Andrew Alton

Consultant - Leeds

Annabel Hanratty

Trade Mark Attorney - Cardiff

Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant - Leeds

Dr Jocelyn Retter

Patent Attorney - Newcastle

Simon Belcher

Consultant - Leeds

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