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The Doctor's Handbook to Patenting Medical Devices and Methods

The Physician Inventor is a practical roadmap for doctors, nurses, engineers, startups and others looking to protect their medical devices and methods.


This book equips you to make decisions. Caselaw and footnotes are intentionally kept to a minimum, focusing instead on functional knowledge, sensible advice, and useful anecdotes and examples. The nuances of medical devices are explored based on patent attorney Peter D. Sleman's years of experience with device manufacturers. This book will teach you how to:

  • Understand the various forms of intellectual property

  •  Conduct a patent search to ensure that your invention is viable

  • Save thousands of dollars by hiring the right patent attorney

  • Utilize advanced prosecution techniques to minimize waste

  • Build an international strategy

  • Approach business partners with confidence and prudence

  • Ask the right questions and reveal your blind spots


Peter D. Sleman is a patent attorney and partner at Sleman & Lund LLP. Peter has represented several Fortune 500 companies in the medical device industry in connection with an array of innovations. In addition to working with large medical device manufacturers, Peter has supported many physician entrepreneurs, knowing that some of the most important advances in medical devices come from doctors themselves. Over the years, he has worked with cardiologists, radiologists, orthopedists, dermatologists, neurosurgeons, podiatrists, and many others.


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