Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association Comments on Senate Hearing

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The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a meeting titled “An Examination of Changes to the U.S. Patent System and Impacts on America’s Small Businesses” on February 25, 2016.  The archived webcast of the hearing can be viewed here.

On Thursday, February 25th the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) issued the following statement regarding the hearing:

“MDMA thanks Chairman Vitter and the committee Members for examining the unintended consequences that some proposed changes to the patent system would have on small businesses.  MDMA continues to support balanced efforts to curb abusive patent practices, but not in a manner that would be overly broad and would harm medical technology innovation and stifle the development of cures for patients who need them the most.

“MDMA remains committed to working with Congress on targeted efforts to improve the patent system, but we must not do so at the expense of innovators and inventors who are revolutionizing patient care and saving lives.”

Christie Matthaei
Christie Matthaei is an associate in our Seattle office. Ms. Matthaei represents various clients in all aspects of intellectual property disputes, with a focus on patent litigation. Ms. Matthaei also counsels clients on pre-litigation matters, including analyzing patent infringement and validity. Ms. Matthaei earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Journal. During her time in law school, Ms. Matthaei interned for the White House, working in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to law school, Ms. Matthaei worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a chemical engineer on projects related to alternative energy and green chemicals. Ms. Matthaei obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. Ms. Matthaei was a summer associate in 2010 and joined the firm as an associate in 2011.
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