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Patents(medical robotics)

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Medical Robotics: Patents: Exploring the world of invention

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Patents(medical robotics)

  1. 1. Jay Bhatt bhattjj@drexel.edu http://www.library.drexel.edu/engineering
  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 http://www.intellogist.com/wiki/US_Patent_Classification_System  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 http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/uspc318/sched318.htm 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 http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/index.htm World Intellectual Property Organization – International Patent Classification - http://www.wipo.int/wipogold/en/ Questions: Jay Bhatt, Liaison Librarian for Engineering bhattjj@drexel.edu

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