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Tom Cowan
Tom Cowan
Tom Cowan is an associate in the San Diego office of Knobbe Martens. His practice focuses on patent prosecuting and counseling in the mechanical and medical device spaces; trademark registration; licensing; handling cease and desist disputes for patents and trademarks; and analyzing patent portfolios including performing due diligence for patent portfolio acquisitions. Sample medical device technologies include auto-injector devices and systems, prostheses, tissue regeneration scaffolds, bone and tissue anchors, lateral flow assays, photoacoustic systems, raman spectroscopy techniques, intragastric devices, remote healthcare systems, thermoformable composites for immobilizing body parts, personal movement assistance devices, and more.

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.
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FDA Exempts Numerous Medical Devices from 510(k) Premarket Notification Requirements

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

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance for Changes to Medical Device Software

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

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for 3D Printed Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance for additive manufactured medical devices, more commonly known as 3D printed medical devices, on May 10, 2016. The draft guidance document, available here, is for comment

Polymer for Celiac Disease is Confirmed as Class IIb Medical Device in European Union

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,

FDA Announces 2016 Medical Device Fees

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

Innovative Collaboration – IP Considerations

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 Partner Joseph Re Featured in Of Counsel Report

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

Medical Device Trade Group Pens Letter in Opposition to Innovation Act

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

FDA Issues Guidances for Medical Device-Related Apps and Systems

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

Medical Device Clinical Trial Data from Johnson & Johnson To Be Made Available

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”)

The Medical Device Tax in the Wake of 2014 Midterm Elections

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