Welcome to our blog.  Here you will find resources for inventors and practitioners.  We may also add a touch of whimsy from time to time.

January 23, 2020

We are pleased to announce the publication of Peter's new book The Physician Inventor: The Doctor's Handbook to Patenting Medical Devices and Methods. It is a great resource for physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in inventing medical devices.  More details can be found here.

January 30, 2019

Last week, the Federal Circuit rendered an opinion in Barry v. Medtronic, in which Dr. Barry alleged that Medtronic induced surgeons to infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 7,670,358 and 8,361,121 both for "System and Method for Aligning Vertebrae in the Amelioration of Aberrant Spinal Column Deviation Conditions."

The patents relates to systems for correcting spinal column anomalies by applying force to multiple vertebrae at once.  The decision is an interesting one because of its detailed analysis of Dr. Barry's activities prior to applying for patent.

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December 7, 2017

My newest article was published at The Doctor Weighs In.  You can read it here.  I previously wrote several articles on "Open Innovation.” The present article chronicles some notable achievements by physician inventors, and notes the trend in the rising number of physicians jumping into medical device innovation.

It is simply another example of how the Open Innovation paradigm has manifested itself in the medical device context.  Physicians are on the front lines and typically are the first to recognize the existence of a problem. They now...

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