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While in law school, Mr. Cowan also received a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cowan interned at NASA and was a mechanical engineer at Northrop Grumman where he designed and tested spacecraft structures and mechanisms. Mr. Cowan was a summer associate at Knobbe Martens in 2012 and joined the firm in 2013. Click here to read full bio
Trademarks Require “Use in Commerce” – But What If You Need Regulatory Approval Before Selling Your Medical Device?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows for a trademark application to be filed on an “Intent to Use” basis to establish a priority date before the mark is actually “used in commerce.” However, such use in commerce must
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two new guidance documents related respectively to an “abbreviated” and a “special” approach to the typical 510(K) process for medical devices.
The FDA describes
Boston Scientific Exercises Option to Acquire Transcatheter Annuloplasty Ring Developer Millipede Inc.
Global medical device company Boston Scientific has announced on December 27, 2018, that it exercised its option to acquire remaining shares of privately-held medical device company Millipede, Inc. upon its recent successful
On November 9, 2018, Cook Medical LLC filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board requesting inter partes review (IPR) of U.S. Patent No. 6,306,141, assigned to Medtronic Vascular, Inc. The ‘141 Patent is entitled “Medical
The medical device and related markets have shown some growth recently. For example, IHI, an iShares U.S. Medical Devices ETF, has a total return of about 24% year-to-date in 2018. In the same time period, the S&P 500 has a return
The market for medical device connectivity is projected to reach about $2.6 billion by the year 2023, according to a report published in April 2018 by several publishers. The report states that the connectivity market for 2018 is expected
Boston Scientific Announces Agreement for Investment & Acquisition Option with Transcatheter Annuloplasty Ring Developer Millipede, Inc.
Global medical device company Boston Scientific has announced on January 24, 2018, an agreement to make a $90 million investment in privately-held medical device company Millipede, Inc. Millipede has developed a non-invasive
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Notice on July 11, 2017, exempting 1,003 Class II medical devices from premarket notification requirements under Section 510(k). The Notice indicates that anyone with
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
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance for additive manufactured medical devices, more commonly known as 3D printed medical devices, on May 10, 2016. The draft guidance document, available here, is for comment
According to a press release from the Israeli company BioLineRx, their novel polymer for treating Celiac Disease has been confirmed as a Class IIb medical device in the European Union (EU). According to the company, the polymer,
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a notice announcing the fiscal year (FY) 2016 medical device user fees, which apply to, among other things, applications for medical device approval. The National Law Review
It is common for medical device makers to partner with doctors, universities, designers, manufacturers, R&D labs, or salespeople in the development of medical devices. To reap the intended benefits of such efforts, collaborators
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear partner Joseph (“Joe”) Re is featured in the March 2015 edition of Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report. The monthly report is a must-read for legal practitioners to stay
The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (“MDMA”) has been vocal in lobbying Capitol Hill for what they consider “necessary changes” to patent law for continuing medical device innovation. Part of that lobbying has included
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently issued guidance on an array of medical device-related software and systems. A first guidance for “Data Systems and Imaging Devices” issued on February
According to MedicalXpress, expansive data from a company’s medical device clinical trials will soon be made broadly available to medical device researchers for the first time. The Yale University Open Data Access (“YODA”)
Repeal of the medical device tax has seen frequent news coverage since the tax’s enactment in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. The tax, which went into effect in January, 2013, imposes a 2.3% sales tax on a range of medical