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U.S. Congress Creates Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

For the first time in this nation’s history, the U.S. will have a federal trade secrets law that allows private citizens to enforce their trade secrets and sue for damages. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

FDA Proposes Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices for Aggressive or Self-Injurious Behavior

On April 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior...…more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Health, Products Liability

Federal Circuit Affirms Toshiba Win against NPE

On April 25, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment of invalidity on two patents in favor of Knobbe Martens client Toshiba Corporation..…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

First U.S. Implant of St. Jude’s First-to-Market “CRT-D”

St. Jude Medical, Inc. recently announced the U.S. launch and the first U.S. implant of its Quadra Assure MP™ cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D). The Quadra Assura MP™ features St. Jude Medical’s…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Medical Device Quality Inspections Drop in 2015

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has released statistics showing that it inspected fewer medical device manufacturers in 2015 than in 2014…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Surgical, Medical, and Assistive Robotics

Robotic technology has been used in medicine for over 30 years. In 1985, a robot called the Puma 560 (shown at right) was used to perform a needle biopsy of human brain tissue. By the turn of the last century, it was widely…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Life Spine Announces FDA Clearance of PROLIFT Expandable Interbody System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to the PROLIFT Expandable Interbody System of Life Spine. Accordoing to its website, Life Spine is a medical device company based in Huntley, Ill., that…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Interoperability

On January 26, 2016, the FDA offered for public comment its draft guidance on medical devices and interoperability, Design Considerations and Pre-market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices—Draft…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

CareKit: Apple’s new open-source heath app platform

Apple announced CareKit on Monday, a new, open-source software framework designed to help app developers in the medical care space enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. The press release states that..…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

China Issues First Update to Medical Device Clinical Trial Guidelines in 12 Years

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) recently announced its first update to the medical device clinical trial guidelines in 12 years. The finalized revision to the 2004 Medical Device Clinical Studies Rules…more
| Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

PTAB Holds Orthophoenix Patent Claims Invalid

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) recently issued Final Written Decisions in two inter partes reviews filed by Stryker Corporation regarding two related Orthophoenix, LLC patents – U.S. Patent Nos. 7,153,307 (the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Gloves

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a proposal to ban most powdered medical gloves in the United States due to a health risk posed to patients...…more
| Health, Products Liability

Boston Scientific Launches AXIOS Stent and Delivery System

On March 22, 2016, Boston Scientific announced the launch of the AXIOS Stent and Electrocautery Enhanced Delivery System. According to its website, the stent and delivery system helps physicians treat complications relating to…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Asks for Comments on Refurbishing and Servicing of Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register establishing a docket and requesting information and comments on third party entities that “refurbish, recondition, rebuild, remarket,…more
| Health, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Abbott Acquires Kalila Medical and Expands Abalation Catheter Offerings

On February 2nd, 2016, Abbott announced its acquisition of Kalila Medical, Inc., a private medical device company using cardiac electrophysiology procedures for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders..…more
| Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology
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