How A Pro-Software Patent Bill Could Affect The Medtech Industry
Though it didn’t even get to committee, a bill to make it easier for tech companies to patent software – including medical software – has a good chance of getting passed in Congress this year, bill proponents and legal experts say.
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Digital Health Roundup: Exec Chats With Illumina, Bloom, AngelMed; M&A, Funding; FDA Down-Classifies Apps
In this roundup feature focusing on new developments in digital health, Medtech Insight spotlights IBM Watson Health’s divestiture and other financing news, Exec Chats with Illumina, AngelMed and Bloom, Philips’ new hand-held ultrasound device and autonomous robotic surgery, as well as the latest FDA news on digital health.