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Hackers Steal 600K Records from Health Care Firms – Could Your Wearable Device Be Next?

Security firm InfoArmor published a report in late July 2016 stating that a group of attackers infiltrated American health care institutions, stole at least 600,000 patient records and attempted to sell more than 3 terabytes of…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Scheduling an Appointment with Dr. Wearable Device

Fitbit, Inc. reported its quarterly results which led to an 10% increase in its share price. The company recently announced that Adam Pellegrini will join the company as Vice President of Digital Health on September 6th. …more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Circuit Finds Life Sciences Subject Matter Patent Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion vacating the summary judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 (“the ’929 Patent”) and sent the case back to the District Court for…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

#RIO, #SUPERBOWL, #FAIRUSE?

It’s Olympics time! And while most of the news has been about Zika and the conditions on the ground in Rio, brand owners know this as a time when the U.S. Olympic Committee is on the warpath sending notices and cease and desist…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Increase in Funding to Med Device Startups

Despite a drop in the second quarter of 2016, medical device funding is expected to finish stronger this year than in 2015. CB Insights has released a report on the funding and deal activity within the medical device industry…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

InSeal Medical Receives CE Mark for Vascular Closure Device

InSeal Medical recently announced that it has received CE Mark approval for its InClosure large bore vascular closure device (VCD). The InSeal VCD provides an internal biodegradable membrane for sealing large cuts in blood…more
| Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

AT&T Teams Up with Biotricity to Power Wearable Medical Devices

biotricity, a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare technology company, recently announced its partnership with AT&T, in which the internet service provider will serve as the preferred network to power biotricity’s wearable…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance for Changes to Medical Device Software

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed guidance on August 8, 2016, regarding software changes to medical devices. The proposed guidance relates to requirements for submitting medical device software changes…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

GSK and Verily Partnering to Form New Bioelectronic Medicine Firm

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that it is partnering with Verily Life Sciences LLC to form Galvani Bioelectronics. According to the press release, GSK and Verily will contribute IP rights and an investment of $712.7 million…more
| Business Organizations, Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wright Medical To Sell Tornier Business to Corin for $33 Million

According to press releases, Wright Medical Group N.V. plans to sell its Tornier hip and knee business to Corin Orthopaedics Holdings Ltd. for about $33 million in cash. This deal comes shortly after Wright and Tornier merged…more
| Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

Boston Scientific Acquires Cosman Medical

Boston Scientific Corporation announced this week that it has acquired Cosmon Medical, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Cosman Medical is a privately held manufacturer of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) systems used to treat…more
| Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

Introduction to IP: Some Basics of Patents, Trademarks, & Trade Secrets

What is “Intellectual Property” (IP)? •Exclusive Rights to Certain Intellectual Products (Ideas) –Necessary due to the “non-rivalrous” nature of ideas: •“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction…more
| Intellectual Property

Second Sight Announces Positive Five-Year Data from Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

Second Sight announced in a press release the publication of positive results from a long-term clinical trial of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. According to the press release, the five-year trial included 30 subjects…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Med Device M&A Values Jump Nearly 50% in 1st Half of 2016

According to MergerMarket, the value of mergers and acquisitions in the medical device area jumped by nearly 50% to $74.5 billion in the first half of 2016 (H1 2016) compared with the first six months of 2015.  The 45.5% surge…more
| Finance & Banking, Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Unique Device Identifiers

The FDA has just released draft guidance for unique device identifiers (UDIs) tracking medical devices from their manufacturers to the end users. Specifically, the FDA is providing guidance to device the content and form of…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology
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