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House Committee Passes Innovation Act – Medical Device Group Expresses Opposition

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9), a patent reform bill introduced this congressional session, received bipartisan support in a 24-8 positive vote by the House Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2015. The bill is now scheduled to proceed…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

IEEE Releases Med Device Cybersecurity Guidelines

Amid myriad media reports about potential vulnerabilities in medical device cybersecurity and the FDA’s efforts to strengthen medical device cybersecurity, the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative released a report entitled “Building…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Acelity Reported to Plan $1 Billion IPO

San Antonio, Texas based medical device company Acelity LP Inc. is reported to be considering an initial public offering that could raise up to $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Acelity has reportedly…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Trademark Review | June 2015

Is PRETZEL CRISPS a Generic Term? Federal Circuit Resets Standard for Genericness - In an earlier precedential decision, the TTAB held there was a dichotomy in the standard for determining whether an applied-for mark was…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Southern Spine Announces 2015 MDEA Honor for StabiLink® MIS Spinal Fixation System

Southern Spine announced recently that StabiLink® MIS Interlaminar Spinal Fixation System has been chosen as the Silver Winner in the Implant and Tissue Replacement category of the 18th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Approves St. Jude Medical’s Upgradeable, MRI-Compatable Spinal Cord Stimulation System

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device manufacturer, announced that it has received FDA approval of the company’s Protégé MRI™ spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system, along with approval for related percutaneous leads,…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Circuit Review | June 2015

Accused Infringer’s Good-Faith Belief In Invalidity No Defense To Induced Infringement - In Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., No. 13-896, the Supreme Court held a good-faith belief a patent is invalid is not a…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Molex Acquires ProTek Medical

On May 19, 2015, Molex Incorporated announced that Molex Ireland Holdings B.V. has acquired ProTek Medical Ltd. According to the press release, ProTek Medical, based in Sligo, Ireland, specializes in cleanroom injection molding…more
| Mergers & Acquisitions, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cardinal Health to Acquire The Harvard Drug Group for $1.1 Billion

Ohio-based Cardinal Health (CAH) has agreed to buy Michigan-headquartered The Harvard Drug Group (THDG) for $1.12 billion. According to press releases, THDG, which is currently owned by Court Square Capital Partners, is a…more
| Mergers & Acquisitions, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

VertiFlex Announces FDA Approval of Superion Interspinous Spacer System

VertiFlex, Inc., announced that it has been granted pre-market approval by the FDA for its minimally invasive treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, the Superion Interspinous Spacer System.  This approval comes after a successful…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Supreme Court Confirms That Post Patent Expiration Royalties Are Prohibited

Background of the Case - The dispute in Stephen Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc., Case No. 13-720, ___ U.S. ___ (2015), arose out of a 2001 settlement of a prior lawsuit between the parties. The prior suit had resulted…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

International IP Law: Securing Your IP Rights in Cuba and French Polynesia

CUBA - Six months have passed since President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made the historic decision to reestablish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Although Congress has not yet voted to lift the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

ConforMIS to Go Public in Upcoming IPO

Bedford, Massachusetts-based orthopedic medical device company ConforMIS has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcing that the company intends to go public and raise $172.5…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Össur Announces First Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Lower Limbs

In a recent press release, Össur announced that two amputees are the first people in the world able to control their prosthetic legs with their thoughts. According to the press release, tiny implanted myoelectric sensors that…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Intact Vascular raises $39M in venture capital funding to further develop its Tack Endovascular System

Intact Vascular, Inc. is a Wayne, Pennsylvania-based developer of medical devices for treating patients with peripheral artery disease. According to its website, the privately-held company primarily develops minimally invasive…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology
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