Medical engineering and biotechnology

Our medical engineering and biotechnology department handles patent and utility model applications and represents you both in opposition and revocation and infringement proceedings, particularly in the following technical fields:

  • Medical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Life sciences

Right from the beginning we assist you in protecting your innovations, starting with initial consultation concerning an application strategy that is tailored to your needs.

In this research-intensive field it is essential to keep track of new issues continuously.  Furthermore, special national and European regulations often require the subject matters of protection to be adapted individually.

For example, the European Patent Convention excludes diagnostic methods or methods for treatment by surgery or therapy from patent protection, while a more liberal regulation of this matter exists in the U.S.A.

We already take these different legal principles into account at the stage of preparing a German or European patent application.  For example, we often deliberately include subject matters in the specification of a first application in Germany or Europe that are not actually patentable there, so that we can claim the largest possible scope of protection in the case of any subsequent filings in the U.S.A.

Likewise, with patent applications to the European Patent Office that are based on a first filing in the U.S.A., we rephrase the patent application in such a way that the largest possible scope of protection is achieved.  For example, instead of a method for treatment of the human body by means of a pacemaker, an operating method for a pacemaker can often be validly claimed.

Thanks to our close co-operation with American and Asian law firms, we have the expertise to secure optimum protection for your ideas and innovations in those markets, too.  For example, even when preparing national applications, we make sure that the legal requirements of other countries are considered as well, so that comprehensive protection in the various countries is ensured.  At the time, this allows us to conduct examination procedures with the patent offices of other countries in a cost-efficient manner.