There is no substitute for experience.  We know that medical devices present unique challenges, and can guide you with our skill, knowledge, and creativity.  Our aim is to deliver the highest quality legal work in a cost-efficient manner.

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Intelligent. Experienced. Efficient.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

 
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COST-EFFECTIVE

Clients save 30% on average over comparable IP boutiques. We do this with lower overhead and fixed-fee billing.

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BETTER RESULTS

We have exceptional allowance rates. While we cannot guarantee future outcomes, we put you in the best position to succeed.

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HIGHER-QUALITY

We give the same level of care and attention to detail to all of our clients, from multinational corporations to solo inventors.

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LIGHTNING FAST

We work quickly and efficiently. Patent applications are drafted, reviewed and filed within two weeks, not months.

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HAPPY CLIENTS

Our clients rave about us, and keep coming back. We establish successful long-term relationships.

For over a decade, we have honed our legal and technical skills while focusing almost exclusively on medical devices.  We have supported several of the largest device manufacturers as well as some of the most innovative physicians.  We have supported several Fortune 500 companies in the medical device industry in connection with an array of devices.  We are glad to assist clients of all sizes with their medical device strategy, from device manufacturers to funded startups. We are experts at portfolio development and regularly work with physicians who are seeking investors or licensing opportunities. Below is a sample of past and current client.

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TAVR

According to some studies, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) global market is expected to reach $6.5 billion by 2022.  We are experts on TAVR  having followed the technology from its infancy.  For over six years, clients have turned to us to formulate patent prosecution strategies, provide opinions on TAVR-related patents, and educate them on the IP landscape in this space.  We also understand the nuances of this technology including valve sealing, perivalvular leakage (PVL), leaflet wear, materials, coronary flow, collapsibility, delivery, anchoring, and many other TAVR issues. 

TMVR

Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) requires not only dealing with the same challenges as TAVR, but also creates a host of new ones such as the placement, anatomy, absence of calcification, delivery approach, relatively large effective orifice area, and high variability from one patient to another.  There are currently many devices jockeying for position including Abbott's Tendyne, Edwards' CardiAQ and Fortis, Medtronic's Twelve, Neovasc and Highlife's devices.  Our experts can help you make sense of this complicated patent landscape and create sound IP portfolios and/or acquisitions strategies.

CPAP

We have years of experience with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems used to manage sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as other conditions.  We have helped innovators protect their CPAP inventions relating to masks including nasal pillows, nasal masks, and full face masks.  We have worked on a variety of ventilators, oxygen concentrators and humidifiers, and protected novel diagnosis, delivery methods and therapies.

NEUROSTIMULATION

Over the past two decades, there have been significant advances in deep brain stimulation (DBS) and promising results for its use in treating Parkinson's disease and tremors.  Meanwhile, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has proven effective in the treatment of chronic and intractable pain.  These therapies can make a meaningful impact on patients' lives by alleviating suffering that has not historically been understood.  We aim to support neurostimulation innovators with their IP strategies.  Our experts can provide valuable support for newcomers trying to understand the IP landscape or established companies looking to further protect their investments.

EMBOLIC PROTECTION

New devices have made it easier to capture and remove debris from blood vessels, making interventional procedures safer.  In some cases, an embolus may be blood clots, fat globules or other foreign materials.  We understand the technology that reduces the risks of pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis, and would be glad to work with you on your embolic protection project.

ORTHOPEDICS &
PROSTHESIS

We can assist with inventions relating to surgical procedures on bone structures including permanent and temporary attachment to bones, fixation, screws, staplers, and drills.

We have also helped inventors with an array of issues relating to implantable prosthesis (e.g., spine, knee, hip, ankle, etc.).  We have a deep understanding of biomechanics.

WOUND CLOSURE

We proudly serve innovative clients who are revolutionizing wound closure.  New techniques facilitate healing and reduce the need for flaps and grafts.

CATHETERS

Catheters are used to diagnose, image and treat patients.  We have worked on specialized catheters for cardiovascular, urological, gastrointestinal as well as other applications.  We are well-versed in imaging techniques such as intravascular ultrasound (IVUS).

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PETER D. SLEMAN

FOUNDING PARTNER

STELLAR PEDIGREE

Peter gained valuable experience at the esteemed intellectual property boutique of Darby & Darby, and later at Lerner David. He aims to provide the same level of sophistication and service in a more efficient manner. With lower overhead costs, Peter can dedicate more time to each client and offer superior client service.

JACK OF MOST TRADES

Peter practices in a wide range of technologies including mechanical devices and electronic hardware and software.  Passionately curious, he is able ask the right questions and get up to speed quickly.  Peter also stays abreast on changes in the law and publishes articles in a wide variety of IP publications and this site's blog.

MASTER OF AT LEAST ONE

During law school, Peter gained valuable patent law experience at a major healthcare and pharmaceutical company.  He has since represented several Fortune 500 companies in the medical device industry in connection with an array of innovations.  With a biomedical engineering background, Peter enjoys practicing at the fascinating intersection of law, engineering, and medicine.

MEDICAL DEVICE EXPERT

Peter has represented several Fortune 500 companies in the medical device industry in connection with an array of innovations.  With a biomedical engineering background, Peter is distinctly qualified to practice at the intersection of law, engineering, and medicine.   He understands the nuance and special considerations that are unique to medical devices.  In addition to portfolio building, Peter is experienced in medical device due diligence, with valuable experience as both the target and the acquirer.

EMPOWERING THE PHYSICIAN ENTREPRENEUR

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.  We work together to understand the problems and the shortcomings of conventional devices and methods.  We then focus on the improvements of your new medical device, and devise an IP strategy that protects the most important elements through utility and design patents, trademarks, copyright and/or trade secrets.  From your sketches and prototypes, we draft one or more robust patent applications to begin building the strongest patent portfolio possible in targeted jurisdictions.  We serve as partners, opening our network and making key introductions where possible.  We also partner with like-minded organizations, such as the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), to put our physician clients in the best position to succeed.

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WEI & SLEMAN LLP

Freehold, New Jersey

4400 U.S. 9 South, Suite 1000

Freehold, NJ 07728

Sunnyvale, California

530 Lawrence Expressway Suite 359

Sunnyvale, CA 94085