The United States Patent and Trademark Office issues tens of thousands of patents for medical devices every year. This is reflective of the explosive growth of the medical device industry and the technological advances that have made increasingly sophisticated innovations possible. Whenever a company that designs and manufactures medical devices improves an existing product or creates an entirely new one it is vital for them to seek intellectual property protection.
Today’s medical devices and procedures are undoubtedly more sophisticated than the tonsil guillotine and the trepanning osteotome of decades past, but they are also more reliable and effective. These improvements in medical devices and procedures can fuel exponential growth for a startup or keep a long-established organization competitive in a tough market. Accordingly, it’s never been more important to pursue patent protection.
Frequently, the only way that a medical device company can turn a profit after years of research and development is by obtaining intellectual property rights. A patent provides the owner with the ability to license their invention to others. It also makes it possible to prevent others from wrongfully profiting from the innovation. When a patent holder suspects that their rights are being infringed by another manufacturer, they are legally entitled to demand that the other party cease their efforts and they may also sue to recover damages.
Medical Patent Protection
Companies anxious to not only survive but also grow in a difficult economy must employ skillful patent portfolio management. Startups that are just getting off the ground may be able to attract investors by obtaining patent protection. Well-established organizations may look for opportunities to entice partnerships and license agreements thanks to their diverse patent portfolios. However, this would be virtually impossible to do without an experienced intellectual property attorney.
Williams IP Law provides intellectual property guidance and advice to clients who design and manufacture medical devices. Moreover, Jeff Williams helps clients to enforce their patent rights if they believe they are being infringed. Given that the medical device industry is enjoying explosive growth it has become increasingly difficult and time consuming to obtain patent protection. That is why the assistance of an intellectual property attorney is so essential.
Intellectual property attorneys must have a scientific and technical background as part of their basic qualifications. They further their education by earning a law degree, enabling them to bring together the rigors of two demanding disciplines. Accordingly, they are uniquely well prepared to grasp the highly technical and detailed aspects of a new medical device while also understanding how to protect the invention from a legal standpoint. This is precisely the type of background and education that Jeff Williams has obtained, making him an adept and skillful provider of legal advice.
Jeff Williams has worked with individual inventors and companies that produce medical devices and develop new medical procedures. This experience has prepared him to formulate creative, useful patent protection for a broad range of innovations. Jeff writes and prosecutes patent applications for his clients. Additionally, he can analyze competitor products to determine whether or not infringement is occurring. These exceptionally nuanced analyses provide vital answers when an inventor is designing a new device or wondering if someone else’s device infringes their existing patent.
With offices in Dallas, Arlington and Houston we can help you to learn more about how to protect medical device advancements with patents.