Patenting Medical Techniques On the Rise
In recent years, patenting medical techniques has become a recent trend, with major technological advances attributed as the major contributing factor. According to a recent article on http://www.medgadget.com, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirms an increase in medical/surgical method patent applications. They’re not the only ones noting this trend, however. Tresa Baldas of the National Law Journal reports that she, too, has noticed a surge among those in the medical field seeking patents for techniques and not just devices.
I expect this trend will continue, as patenting techniques has significant potential as a return on Investment. Fellow patent attorney Eric Raciti of Cambridge, MA agrees, feeling that method patents are becoming “the bread and butter” of patents in the medical community. I look forward to seeing where medical innovations will take us.