Understanding the life cycle of medical and surgical device products including the myriad of diverse issues developing from legal, regulatory, legislative and industry shifts is critical in advising leading medical technology companies with various legal challenges.

Kilpatrick Townsend has a long history of serving medical technology companies in intellectual property; litigation, including product liability and patent disputes; class actions; product recalls; finance; business and government; mergers and acquisitions; and regulatory legal issues.

For example, our patent prosecutors advise start-up medical technology companies to develop their patent portfolios quickly and strategically, to achieve the strongest possible market positions for their technologies. As small start-ups evolve into larger, successful ventures, firm attorneys provide ongoing assistance in patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, license negotiation, due diligence and any other intellectual property needs such companies may have. Our attorneys and patent agents have degrees in such disciplines as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and biomechanical engineering, and many have advanced degrees..

Our experience ranges from catheter-based technologies to surgical robotics to complex optics, as well as multidisciplinary medical technologies involving electronics, biotechnology, chemistry or nanotechnology components. Some of the areas in which we have worked with past and present clients include:

  • Cardiac catheterization devices and methods
  • Surgical robotics
  • Laser eye surgery systems
  • Medical diagnostic devices and systems
  • Drug delivery devices
  • Ultrasound and atherectomy catheters
  • Mitral valve repair, cardiac ablation and other cardiac surgery technologies
  • Permanent contraceptive devices
  • Vascular surgery devices and stent technologies
  • Electrosurgical devices