The firm has considerable expertise in the patenting of medical
devices, including but not limited to, implantable devices
and surgical tools. The issues involved in patenting the use
of such devices has become more complicated given the 1996
amendments to the patent laws (i.e. 35 USC 287) which render
certain claims directed to surgical procedures unenforceable.
Given these changes, Medlen & Carroll, LLP attempts to
develop a plan with clients who desire medical use claims,
such that enforceable patents are obtained which give the
maximum protection under the law.
Producers of goods often develop valuable, proprietary manufacturing
processes, tools and equipment.
We assist our manufacturing clients in identifying their novel
inventions and determining whether the inventions are best
protected as a trade secret or by obtaining patents.
Inventors can acquire patents for semiconductor devices or
processes, as well as for the equipment to carry out such
processes. New structures for known devices or new devices
can also be protected. Process patents can be obtained for
an entire process, a sequence of steps or a single step. We
can assist clients in obtaining patents for aspects of semiconductors
and, in particular, semiconductor manufacturing.
Inventors can obtain patents for numerous aspects of an electromechanical
device or machine including the configuration of the apparatus
or its function, as well as for the control electronics or
interface which operate the device. The ergonomic aspects
of such devices is also protectable. The firm prepares patent
applications for such devices on an ongoing basis.
Software can be protected by patent, copyright and/or trade
secret law. More than one form of protection can be used simultaneously
to protect software. The legal scope of patent and copyright
protection for computer software is still evolving in the
courts, the legislature and the Patent Office. We follow these
changes closely in order to assist software developers in
securing the strongest protection possible for their inventions.
Consumer products can be incredibly diverse, spanning multiple
technologies. Obtaining adequate protection for consumer products
requires intimate knowledge of all aspects of intellectual
property law, as well as the marketplace in which particular
goods are sold. We assist our clients in securing appropriate
market-driven, intellectual property protection.
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