Medical devices

We have a wealth of experience in the medical devices sector, covering their protection and regulatory matters. 

Medical devices are key to the progression of diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. In broad terms medical devices may be protected by patents and the laws relating to designs.

  • The instructions and any software may be protected by the law of copyright. Non-patentable ideas may be protected by the law of confidential information. There are even special rules to protect the layers of silicon in chips in both an electronic and micromechanical sense.
  • The licencing of technologies which form the basis for operation of medical devices, the competitive constraints, the use of component standardisation and the selling of technologies are all transactional matters which affect medical devices as much as any other technology.
  • Notification and compliance with regulatory standards, the completion of a regulatory dossier, labelling and consumer protection are also issues which regularly arise in relation to getting a medical device onto the market and keeping it on.

The current legislative landscape and its interrelations with the laws of product safety, consumer protection and negligence is about to undergo a serious change; this needs to be monitored so that clear focussed advice can be given. Even the data which some medical devices channel has to be the subject of regulation and understanding.

At Venner Shipley we have experience in relation to all these aspects of medical device IP, exploitation and regulation. We can advise on IP protection from drafting patents and design applications to copyright, we also advise on due diligence concerning the questions which ought to be asked when purchasing or selling IP relating to a medical device and we can enforce that IP or defend against claims for enforcement as well.  Our expertise is founded on our knowledge of a wide variety of technologies including engineering, material science, physiology and pharmacology. 

We have a medical device team who use their individual specialities to work together to ensure that all angles of every invention are covered.  Our attorneys are particularly experienced in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and design registrations in the areas of inhalers, transcutaneous delivery systems, catheters, suturing devices, surgical implants, biosensors, atherectomy devices, angioplasty devices, implantable prosthetics, dental appliances, diagnostics, orthopaedic implants, patient monitoring, surgical instruments, wound therapeutics, and ostomy devices.  This field tends to be contentious and we have a wealth of experience supporting our clients through proceedings at the EPO and in Court.

Our clients range from multinational companies to SME’s and start-ups. We advise university departments, medical charities and private concerns in relation to medical devices. Recent patent drafting activity has included work in patent applications and design registrations in the areas of inhalers, transcutaneous delivery systems, catheters, suturing devices, surgical implants, biosensors, atherectomy devices, angioplasty devices, implantable prosthetics, dental appliances, diagnostics, orthopaedic implants, patient monitoring, surgical instruments, wound therapeutics, and ostomy devices. We work for big and small alike.

We also have a trade marks team who can register trade marks relating to medical devices in the UK and European wide arena and enforce and protect those marks in court.

Please contact us for more information.