Sean Solberg, shareholder and chair of the Davis Brown Law Firm Intellectual Property department, recently authored an article in the March issue of Minnesota Physician.
An experienced patent attorney working with many medical device and biotechnology clients, Sean sets forth a path in the article for physicians looking to patent an invention. He points out that much of the work in gaining a patent involves devising your strategy based on the end goal for your patent (Will you commercialize it? Will you sell to a third party? Will you license the product?), your timeline, and your budget for the short term and long term. You should draft your patent application only after fully developing that strategy.