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Medical devices

Our medical device team is truly multidisciplinary, reflecting the technological convergence that has occurred in this area in the last few years.

We have a wealth of experience in the medical devices sector covering a number of fields such as drug delivery and monitoring, surgical devices, surgical implants, imaging (including using AI techniques), and computer assisted surgery. Our expertise is founded on the strength in the depth of our legal knowledge of the sector as well as in the technologies that contribute to each device, including engineering, materials science, electronics, physiology, biotechnology and pharmacology. 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
  • polymers
  • orthopaedic implants
  • patient monitoring
  • surgical instruments
  • wound therapeutics
  • ostomy devices
  • robotics linked with surgical devices
Case study – medical device manufacturer

Venner Shipley LLP advises a leading medical device innovator and manufacturer, who offers a wide range of orthopaedic products, implants, surgical equipment and robotic devices, on its European patent and EU trade mark portfolio. A member of the Venner Shipley medical device team has advised the company and its predecessor companies since 1992. Our team recently successfully represented the client in two Opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office, in a first patent concerning important polymer technology and a second concerning prosthetic knee stabilisation, against a German orthopaedic manufacturer. These important wins support our client’s leading commercial position and strengthen their patent portfolio. Our practice is perfectly positioned to advise this client and other clients operating in the medical technology sector. This is because our attorneys are experts in unique and specialist fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, chemistry, materials, metals and biotechnology which means that we can create a bespoke team for the varied patent portfolio a client owns.

Clients also rely on us for:
  • Annual audits of trade mark portfolios and ongoing advice on portfolio management strategy
  • Register maintenance through recordals of assignments, licences etc.
  • Filing and prosecution of patents at the UKIPO, EPO and WIPO
  • Advice on product pipelines to ensure maximum protection and exploitation of IP during all phases of development launch and enforcement
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  • Health Enterprise East: Clinical Innovators Forum

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  • The development of lab-on-chip devices

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