Medical Devices

BioScience Today – Patenting aerospace medicines

Patenting aerospace medicines – the final frontier? Consulting Attorney, Julie Barrett-Major recently wrote for BioScience Today on the subject of Patenting aerospace medicines. You can find Julie’s article below, or read the full magazine here.      Should you wish to discuss this topic, please contact the author, Julie Barrett-Major, or your usual AA… Read more »

Mike Jennings attends EPO’s AI Conference

Commenting on the EPO’s AI discussions Partner Mike Jennings attended the EPO’s AI conference on 30 May, commenting:  “The EPO deserves praise for investing in an excellent discussion with industry and members of the judiciary about the future for AI patenting. The 30 May 2018 conference was part of that discussion. The consultation provided a good… Read more »

The Internet of Things – IoT

The Internet of Things: The saviour of healthcare, or disaster waiting to happen? Business Insider defines the Internet of Things (“IoT”) as ‘a network of internet-connected objects able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors’. Healthcare is a key area in which the IoT is set to revolutionise the way we live. The so-called Internet… Read more »

Protection for cannabis-based IP

Protection for cannabis-based IP in the wake of announcement of impending legalisation of medicinal cannabis   The legalisation of medicinal and recreational cannabis in several US states, Canada and some European countries has resulted in a new economic market rising from what was previously an illegal trade. Meanwhile, in the UK, the recent cases of… Read more »

EU: Falsified Medicines Directive: Implications for parallel importers and of Brexit

EU: Falsified Medicines Directive: Implications for parallel importers and of Brexit This article was updated: 8 October 2018   Introduction to the Falsified Medicines Directive Directive 2011/62/EU, better known as “The Falsified Medicines Directive” or “FMD”, came into force on 2 January 2013, with the aim of preventing falsified medicines from entering the legitimate supply… Read more »

Assessment of “plausibility” requirement from the EPO perspective

Assessment of “plausibility” requirement from the EPO perspective Introduction This article considers how the EPO views the requirement of “plausibility”, which can arise during both the assessment of “sufficient disclosure” of the invention and “inventive step” in proceedings before the EPO, particularly in relation to inventions in the Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences field. The EPO… Read more »

The Use of Silk in Medical Devices

Recent innovations of the use of Silk in medical devices.   Sutures made of silk have been used by humans for centuries. This article looks at some recent innovations that show the many diverse applications of silk in a medical context. There are many factors to consider when designing a medical device, and in the… Read more »

Mighty MasSpec pen

An interdisciplinary team of researchers based in Austin, Texas have developed a handheld device that accurately analyses tissue samples in vivo enabling real-time cancer diagnosis during surgery. When treating cancer, surgeons often remove the whole tumour with a margin of healthy tissue. If the margin is too big then healthy tissue will have been removed… Read more »

ABHI Parliamentary Reception

Attorneys Marianne Privett and Chris Burnett from our Medical Devices team attended the inaugural Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) parliamentary reception at Westminster last night. Joined by 170 delegates, including MPs and Lords, ABHI CEO Peter Ellingworth and Health Select Committee member Maggie Throup MP delivered speeches praising the significant contribution made to the… Read more »

A Picture Of Health – How Bosch Is Making Hospitals Smarter

Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch recently set out details of how its products are helping hospitals to become ‘smarter’ in the way they provide their services and manage their valuable medical equipment [www.bosch-presse.de/pressportal/de/en/bosch-is-making-hospitals-smart-128448.html]. A longstanding client of A.A. Thornton & Co., Bosch is a household name for consumers in the areas of power tools and… Read more »

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