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  • Something that will be useful to you when you're researching your design project is patent searching. Literally millions of inventions have been patented through the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). You will probably find it very valuable to see what other designs are out there, similar to your project.
  • Patents(medical robotics)

    1. 1. Jay Bhatt
    2. 2.   New research initiatives being developed in institutions, universities and organizations ◦ Drexel no exception ◦ Multidisciplinary Fields: Nanoscience, Medical Robotics, Plasma Medicine, Biology, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Translational Research and many more ◦ More research being done and more expected Huge potentials for innovation ◦ Patents and Intellectual Property Implications  Increased need for faculty and students to learn about inventions
    3. 3.   What is a patent? ◦ “A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor.” Patent Granting Institutions: ◦ US Patent and Trademark Office ◦ Canadian Intellectual Property Office ◦ European Patent Office ◦ China Patent & Trademark Office ◦ Japan Patent Office ◦ and many others…
    4. 4.     IP scene at Drexel encompassing many subject areas Engineering, Sciences, and College of Medicine, etc. Interdisciplinary focus - (Nanotechnology, Biomaterials, Chemistry, Bionanotechnology) Graduate and Undergraduate Research
    5. 5.  Drexel, Penn and Ben Franklin partners form the Nanotechnology Institute in 2000 ◦ Facilitate commercialization of IP discoveries by NTI –member institutions ◦ NTI accelerates regional economic development by connecting industry with university assets ◦ Vision for region’s economic growth as new technologies emerge in the marketplace ◦ Implications of research and courses being taught at Drexel ◦ Need to increase awareness of patents and patent searching is growing fast  The Office of Technology Commercialization at Drexel
    6. 6.  Challenges ◦ Interdisciplinary Field ◦ Diverse Student Background ◦ Interdisciplinary – students needs understanding of those subject areas ◦ Patent searching and understanding necessary  Need for learning about basics of patent searching crucial  Engaged learning through class assignments (an example of integrated learning)
    7. 7. A successfully completed project must include (over the two terms) detailed design/response to: ..  What are the current state of the art available solutions?  What is the impact on the medical workflow of the system?  What are the challenges in introducing the solution to the market?  What are the drawbacks of the proposed solution?  What is the Intellectual Property (IP) landscape for the proposed system?  What is IP protectable design of the system?
    8. 8. ◦ What is a USPC classification schedule?  System using a 3 digit class. Subclass is a number up to 6 digits -last three digits are decimal places.  See  Similar grouping of patent art.  A single invention in multiple classification codes (U.S. Patent Classification Code)  For example, 318/568.21 ; 318/560; 318/567; 318/568.1; 318/568.11; 318/568.2 ◦ See Classification Help and Glossary ◦ How does classification help in searching for patents?
    9. 9.  Keyword searching problematic ◦ Searches locate words not concepts ◦ Difficult to search all the terms representing a concept ◦ Language issues ◦ International databases miss non-English documents (using only English keywords) ◦ USPC – 470 classes, app. 150,000 subclasses
    10. 10.  United States Patent 8,541,970 Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses . Current U.S. class: 318/568.21 ; 318/560; 318/567; 318/568.1; 318/568.11; 318/568.2 Class 318: ELECTRICITY: MOTIVE POWER SYSTEMS Subclass 568.21 ….Including end effector (e.g., gripping jaw, micromanipulator, etc.) Clicking on ‘P’ retrieves all patents for class 424 subclass 9.1.
    11. 11.  Find one patent using class 977/774. ◦ What is the title of the patent you found? ◦ What type of patents are we going to find in this class/subclass combination? ◦ Find a patent on “Quantum Dots’? ◦ What is the patent application number? When was this patent filed? ◦ What other classes/subclasses your patent recommends for additional references? ◦ What is the Current International Class for this patent?
    12. 12. For more information:     Patents, FDA approved medical devices and Intellectual Property (Search in Library Website using keyword - patents Classification World Intellectual Property Organization – International Patent Classification - Questions: Jay Bhatt, Liaison Librarian for Engineering