Patent Rule Changes: Preparing A Medtech Portfolio

Law360, New York (January 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In early 2006, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) proposed several changes to patent practice that could significantly alter the way medical device companies file and prosecute patent applications.*

If the final rules closely resemble the proposed changes—and industry observers predict they will—medical device companies that fail to take appropriate action on pending applications prior to implementation of the new rules may lose the ability to obtain protection on disclosed inventions.

The PTO is considering hundreds of written comments filed by the public about the...
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