Patent – Medical Devices

Cooley's patent prosecution and counseling team consists of over 80 patent professionals across eight offices in the US. We have a core group of approximately 20 patent lawyers, agents and technical advisors dedicated to representing clients in the medical technology industry. Members of the team hold PhDs and advanced degrees in scientific disciplines such as physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, biomedical and chemical engineering, and biology, among others.

We specialize in securing patent protection for complex medical technologies and providing strategic IP counseling directed towards monetizing such assets. In addition, we are often involved in patent and commercial litigation matters, as well as patent due diligence surrounding mergers, acquisitions, funding and other transactions so we know what creates commercial value in a patent portfolio. As one of the top firms in the country for intellectual property law, our patent lawyers provide sophisticated representation to a range of players in the industry, from operating companies to investors backing game-changing technologies. Currently, we represent 40 emerging, high-growth operating companies in the medical technology industry, as well as numerous venture capital firms and investment banks.

Representative Technologies

Device and Procedural Technologies

  • Cardiovascular
    • aneurysm occluders
    • apical access ports
    • atrial fibrillation treatment (collimated ultrasound, electroporation)
    • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) devices
    • catheter navigation
    • coronary artery stents
    • embolism filters (IVCF, distal protection)
    • EVAR (endovascular aneurysm repair), including AAA (abdominal aortic
    • aneurysm) repair
    • mitral valve repair
    • occlusion treatments (atherectomy, CTO crossing, thrombectomy, ultrasonic thrombolysis)
    • peripheral vascular grafts
    • prosthetic cardiac valves and implantation systems (aortic, mitral)
    • retrieval snares
    • ventricular assist devices
  • Cosmetic
    • cosmetic surgery injection devices
    • cryolipolysis devices
    • ultrasound skin tightening
  • Gastrointestinal
    • bariatric surgery, including Endogastric and intragastric balloons
    • nasogastric tubes
  • Neural
    • cortical and peripheral stimulation
    • applications including pain management, rehabilitation, blood pressure control, and incontinence
  • Neurovascular
    • embolization
    • hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke applications
  • Ocular
    • ultrasonic treatment of ocular disorders
    • ocular injection
    • devices for injection and/or mixing of drugs for ocular delivery
  • Orthodontics
    • modeling and production
  • Orthopedic
    • bone screws
    • long bone fracture fixation
    • silicon nitride implants
    • spinal disc repair
    • spinal implants and plates
  • Pulmonary / Respiratory
    • ablation (RF, thermal, electroporation)
    • CF treatments (hypertonic saline)
    • intrathoracic pressure regulation
    • positive pressure ventilation
    • spirometry
  • Women's Health
    • IUD (intrauterine device) insertion tools
    • pelvic floor reconstruction (natural and synthetic reinforcement materials; surgical techniques; external reinforcement; closure; suturing tools)
    • RF treatment for vaginal laxity
    • SUI (stress urinary incontinence) treatments (urethral slings; bulking agents; RF tissue tightening)
  • Wound care
    • nano-silver treated compression socks
    • negative pressure wound therapy
  • Drug delivery
    • pulmonary
    • intramuscular (autoinjectors)
    • subcutaneous (patch pumps)
    • sublingual
    • transdermal
    • intracellular (electroporation)
  • Endoscopy
    • applications including urethral, prostate, colonoscopy
    • lens clearing
  • Image guided / robotic surgery
    • image guided surgery and biopsy
    • surgical site/tissue marking
  • Imaging
    • IVUS (intravascular ultrasonic imaging)
    • OCT (optical coherence tomography)
    • spectroscopy – infrared, Raman
    • microscopy - PALM (photoactivated localization microscopy); fluorescence; super-resolution
  • Radiation therapy
    • brachytherapy
    • MRI-guided radiation therapy
    • proton therapy
  • Stents
    • airway
    • ureteral
    • cardiovascular (including drug eluting)
  • Tissue ablation
    • cryogenic
    • irreversible electroporation (IRE)
    • microwave
    • RF
    • thermal
  • Tissue engineering
    • autologous neo-organs
    • grafts, including bone, vascular, skin and other tissue (small intestinal submucosa; fetal bovine dermis; polypropylene mesh; drug eluting polymers; stem cell enriched autologous fat tissue)
  • Miscellaneous
    • medical simulation and training devices
    • nano-optics and bio-plasmonics
    • negative pressure wound therapy
    • phlebotomy (including blood sampling with reduced contamination and blood processing)
    • physical conditioning with cyclic pressure variation
    • TETS (Transcutaneous Energy Transfer Systems)
    • UV light stimulation of tissue (subcutaneous vascular tissue stimulation for circadian rhythm adjustment)

Diagnostic Device Technologies

  • Aspiration-free well plates
  • Bioinformatics
  • Capillary Isoelectric Focusing (cIEF)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) fluid monitoring
  • DNA/molecular sequencing systems
  • Evaluation of blood hemostatic potential
  • Ferrofluidic bio-particle separation
  • Flow cytometry
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) – invasive and non-invasive techniques
  • Lab-on-a-chip / microfluidics
  • Lung function diagnostics
  • Microflow imaging
  • Non-invasive ocular detection of diabetes
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Real-time blood analyte measurement
  • Real-time PCR (optical/fluorescent; thermal / heat flow)

Digital Health / eHealth / mHealth Technologies

  • Cellular enabled glucose monitors
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Medication adherence monitoring
  • Oral therapeutic dosing monitoring and reporting
  • Personalized health plans
  • Stretchable, conformable electronics
  • Wearable activity monitors