Design patents can provide extra protection for medical robots

Filing design patents can protect a medical robot’s overall aesthetic and the software user interface.

Roman Fayerberg, Todd C. Basile and David J. Dykeman, Greenberg Traurig

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Medical robotics companies often emphasize utility patents when building strategic patent portfolios, given the complex nature of robotics technology. However, don’t overlook design patents, which provide another layer of protection by covering elements of robotics beyond the scope of utility patents.

A robust patent portfolio is an important indicator of a successful medical robotics company. As the medical robotics industry continues to grow and more and more companies enter the increasingly competitive market, a medical robotics company needs a comprehensive and strategic patent portfolio around its technology to compete. A strategic patent portfolio attracts investors, keeps competitors at bay, and provides …

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One of FDA’s top lawyers leaves to join Greenberg Traurig

James C. Fraser, Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig recently announced that James C. Fraser, a former associate chief counsel for litigation at the FDA, has joined its Litigation and Health Care & FDA practices in Washington, D.C.

Fraser left FDA in August. He has more than 16 years of experience in life sciences litigation and most recently worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice representing the FDA in civil litigation throughout the United States.

Robert P. Charrow recently returned to Greenberg Traurig as senior chair of the firm’s Health Care & FDA Practice after a stint as HHS general counsel.

“Having worked with Jim for several years, I am certain that his significant ability to successfully litigate complex matters concerning pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other FDA-regulated products is of tremendous value to our clients,” Charrow said in a news…

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3 ways to a strategic medtech patent portfolio

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Protecting innovations leads to medtech success. Top Greenberg Traurig patent attorneys explain how.

Roman Fayerberg and David J. Dykeman, Greenberg Traurig

A strategic patent portfolio is key to a medtech company’s growth and success, but building a robust patent portfolio takes strategy, time and money.

While there are no shortcuts to building a strategic patent portfolio, there are several ways medtech companies can get a head start on the competition.

1. Establish processes to identify and protect inventions

Early-stage medtech companies should implement in-house processes and procedures to capture and protect innovations in a strategic manner.

Many large medtech companies employ experienced in-house patent attorneys whose primary responsibility is building and managing their company’s patent portfolio. Without in-house patent attorneys, these …

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Medical device litigation and COVID-19: What you need to know

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a new set of medical device litigation challenges — but also a chance for an industry reset. One of Greenberg Traurig’s top medtech litigation lawyers shares her insights.

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Sara Thompson doesn’t take any guff when she tells people that she defends medical device and pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits.

“I say, ‘I sleep great at night because the companies I represent make things that can save and sustain life,’” said Thompson, who is vice chair of the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice at Greenberg Traurig.

Thompson thinks the case in defense of medtech is even stronger now that Americans and people around the world desperately need medical devices, drugs and vaccines to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Both drug and device companies want to help. A lot of our clien…

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