Medical Technologies Patents

Major investment is required to research, develop, manufacture and sell medical devices, and strong patent protection can play a crucial role in maximising return on investment. Often, a long time will elapse between initially filing a patent application and finally obtaining regulatory approval to sell a product. In the intervening time, the product may change substantially from how it was envisaged when the patent application was filed. By obtaining broad patent claims, a patentee can maximise their coverage of product variations.

In Australia, patents can be used to protect against infringement by a wide variety of potential infringers, including hospitals, suppliers, manufacturers, and professional service providers. Unlike Europe, the Australian Patent Office allows patents to be granted for methods of medical treatment or surgery. A strong patenting strategy needs to take into account all of the potential infringers, and differences in law between different countries.

We are experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications to protect against infringement in commercial situations for which protection may not be available in other countries. We also commonly tailor patent prosecution strategies for our local law to provide clients with broader protection in Australia than in other major economies.

Our clients include leading multi-national and Australian device manufacturers, specialising in, for example, bionic devices, endoscopic and surgical equipment and biopsy devices.

Our technical areas of expertise includes

  • Surgical equipment and methods
  • Medical devices
  • Mechanical and electronic implantable devices
  • Endoscopic, obstetric and biopsy devices
  • Hospital resource management tools and software
  • Signal processing
  • Diagnostic aids
  • Human-device interfaces and biocompatibility
  • Processing and use of medical devices
  • Auditory prostheses
  • Imaging
  • Drug delivery devices

Freehills Patent Attorneys expertise in action

We act for a large overseas client with a large patent portfolio with family members in many countries. We manage their Australian prosecution in an efficient manner, providing recommendations for Australian practice, taking into account file histories of the counterpart US and European cases. Where opportunities have presented, we have obtained broader and/or or stronger claims than in the US or Europe, and drafted surgical method claims suited to Australian practice. Freehills Patent Attorneys has a dedicated client team to ensure we consistently meet our client’s needs, with visits to the company’s head office occurring on a regular basis. Our client’s large team have access to our regular webinars and publications.

Meet our Medical Technologies experts