MedTech

The Surgical Robotics Patent Landscape: A Pivotal Moment in the Field

  The medical and health technology sectors are in the midst of a period of rapid and sustained innovation. As the more traditional MedTech sectors mature, the rapid ongoing advances in computer technologies are increasingly being applied to solve problems in health and medicine. One of these subsectors which has...

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Designs in the MedTech Sector – Are high filings a result of Coronavirus or part of an on-going trend?

At the time of writing, the number of registered designs filed and published at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2020 relating to equipment for doctors, hospitals and laboratories was over 50% higher than in the same time frame in 2019. While this may seem at first glance...

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The Rise of FemTech and the Importance of Diversity in Innovation

Inventors and designers inevitably add personal bias to any product that they design, even in circumstances when they are making products for the whole population. The UK Intellectual Property Office carried out a study in 2019 titled “Gender profiles in worldwide patenting: An analysis of female inventorship”[1]. It is clear...

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The Medtech Patent Landscape in Numbers – 2020 Update

A few years ago we analysed the MedTech sector from a patents perspective (see here). Many of the wider trends that we identified have continued, while there has been some shifting in the specific areas of growth. Additionally, the focus of innovation has continued to shift towards computer implemented inventions...

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Wisdom of the crowd: how to make sure IP doesn’t derail your crowdfunding efforts

Startups raising hundreds of thousands – even millions – of pounds via Kickstarter may be rarer than it once was, but crowdfunding remains a popular method of fundraising. There are a myriad of options, whether you go down the equity crowdfunding route offered by the likes of Seedrs, CrowdCube, and...

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