Design patents can provide additional protection for medical robots

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Filing design patents can protect a medical robot’s overall aesthetics and software user interface.

Roman Fayerberg, Todd C. Basil and David J. Dykeman, Greenberg Traurig

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Medical robotics companies often emphasize utility patents when building strategic patent portfolios, given the complex nature of robotics technology. However, don’t overlook design patents, which provide another layer of protection by covering elements of robotics beyond the scope of utility patents.

A strong patent portfolio is an important indicator of the success of a medical robotics company. As the medical robotics industry continues to grow and more companies enter an increasingly competitive market, a medical robotics company needs a comprehensive and strategic patent portfolio around its technology to be competitive. A portfolio of strategic patents attracts investors, keeps competitors at bay and provides ammunition in the event of litigation.

Visit our partner site Medical Design & Outsourcing and find out how design patents can protect your medical robot.

This article reflects the views of the authors, not those of Greenberg Traurig or Medical Design & Outsourcing. The article is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as general legal advice or as a solicitation of any kind.

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