Q: I want to patent an orthopedic implant
I am an orthopedic surgeon in Jammu, India and I want to patent an orthopedic implant, an external fixator and I would like to seek your guidance to proceed further.
A: 1) I do not know of India has any technology export rules that would impinge on your ability to work directly with a US patent attorney. Best to check that with your business attorney.
2) There are differences between the US practice and the practice outside of the US in that the US is one of the few countries that allows patenting of surgical methods. These can be very valuable patent claims in the US as you can use these claims against the big medical companies providing kits of components used in doing what is covered in the method. (you may want to read about Gary Michelson) https://www.invent.org/inductees/gary-k-michelson
3) You may want to work with a patent attorney that has done work in this space. A cross section of my work is visible at https://bit.ly/Patent_Examples
If you found this answer helpful, you may want to look at my answers to other questions about patent law are available at the bottom of my profile page at
Kevin E Flynn
A: BTW, I think that most people that are new to the patent process benefit from reading at least a few issued patents in their area of focus. This slide set helps you use free tools to find patents. https://bit.ly/Patent__Searching
A: I am an experienced patent attorney and have prepared and prosecuted a large number of patent applications directed to implants.
Please feel free to contact me directly.
Liliana Di Nola-Baron, J.D., Ph.D.
Attorney at Law
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