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February 6, 2018

In Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. Hologic, the Federal Circuit looked at U.S. Patent No. 7,226,459.  Smith & Nephew owns the ’459 patent, entitled “Reciprocating Rotary Arthroscopic Surgical Instrument.”  The opinion includes an interesting discussion on the construction of claim 1 of the '459 patent. 

Claim 1 recites:

A surgical instrument, comprising:

a cutting member including an implement for cutting tissue; and

a drive coupled to the cutting member to simultaneously rotate, translate, and reciprocate the cutting member in response to...

January 3, 2018

Patent prosecutors spend a great deal of time pondering the question of whether a particular combination of references ought to render a patent claim obvious.

December 29, 2017

Investment in medical device patents may give the best bang for the buck according to a comprehensive study by PwC.

December 26, 2017

Open innovation requires new strategies to creating and managing IP.  Presently, many companies and universities offer rewards to their inventors for filed patent applications and granted patents.  Chesbrough "Open Innovation" provides an informal survey regarding the reward systems of several technology companies.

Note that Chesbrough's informal survey may be dated, and that the responses may not necessarily reflect company-wide policies.  The survey provides some insight nonetheless.

Interestingly, some companies like HP incentivize the filing...

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