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FDA and Intellectual Property Strategies for Medical Device Technologies

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  • © 2019


  • Investigates the FDA approval process as it pertains to medical device technology

  • Address some of the major FDA hurdles that medical device innovators often face while seeking approval

  • Discusses the interplay between FDA regulatory review of medical device technology and intellectual property strategy

  • Explores the benefits of protecting, managing and enforcing intellectual property obtained for medical device technology so that innovators can obtain the best possible commercial results from their IP ownership

  • Uses real case studies to illustrate concepts covered

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About this book

This book offers comprehensive, easy to understand guidance for medical device technology innovators on how to work through the United States FDA regulatory review process, while also providing insight on the various intellectual property concerns that many medical device innovators face. In the first portion of this book, readers are introduced to important concepts concerning FDA compliance for medical devices, as well as strategies for successfully navigating the FDA regulatory review process. Specifically, the first portion discusses the expansive range of medical devices and then walks through the most common routes to market: the PMA and 510(k) application processes. In the second portion of this book, readers are introduced to the various types of intellectual property rights that are available for medical device technology inventions and innovations, and can explore ways to overcome unique intellectual property challenges faced by many medical device technology innovators. In the third portion of the book, specific strategies are discussed to navigate the interface between the FDA regulatory process and the process of obtaining intellectual property protection.


This book also includes a number of descriptive examples, case studies and scenarios to illustrate the topics discussed, and is intended for use by medical device designers, developers and innovators.

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. FDA Strategies for Medical Device Technology

  2. Overview of Intellectual Property Rights for Medical Device Technology

  3. Implementation Strategies for Medical Device Innovators


“It is a well-written integrated patent and FDA strategy guide that addresses challenges unique to medical devices and ensures success in this fast-changing market. The authors are to be praised for writing a practical and useful guide for readers seeking a quick, deep dive into this challenging area that intersects engineering, science, law and regulation.” (John A. Tessensohn, European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 41 (12), 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • United Plaza, Volpe and Koenig, P.C. United Plaza, Philadelphia, USA

    Gerald B. Halt

  • Volpe and Koenig, P.C., Philadelphia, USA

    John C. Donch

  • Miramar Beach, USA

    Amber R. Stiles

  • Facet Life Sciences, Inc., Wayne, USA

    Lisa Jenkins VanLuvanee, Dana L. Blue

  • Volpe and Koenig, PC, Philadelphia, USA

    Brandon R. Theiss

About the authors

Gerald B. Halt, Jr. is a Patent Attorney, shareholder and President at Volpe & Koenig, P.C.  Jay focuses his practice on securing, licensing and enforcing the value of intellectual property rights. His practice includes litigation, inter partes matters, administrative proceedings, licensing of trademarks and technology, validity opinions and due diligence reviews. Jay also serves as President of the firm. While his experience with technology is varied, Jay’s particular area of focus is on electrical, electronic and computer software technologies, including optical and wireless communication systems, computers, communication system protocols, microwave systems and components, optical barcode scanners, fiber optic systems and semiconductor devices.  

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