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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While the mobile health sector and digital health in general is poised for a major boom, a 2014 case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, continues to be a major hurdle for manufacturers wanting to patent their software. While there are some recent positive trends, attorneys recommend caution and proactive steps to make the best of the current patent environment.
On this week’s podcast, executive editor Shawn M. Schmitt chats with senior reporters Danny Al-Faruque and Sue Darcey about specific pieces of legislation that are expected to pass through the US Congress in the new year and how they’ll impact the medical device sector.
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