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Paul C. Craane Panelist at USPTO Medical Device Partnership Meeting
November 29, 2011
On November 29, Paul C. Craane participated in the inaugural meeting of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Medical Device Customer Partnership. More than 200 members of the patent community (including more than 100 patent examiners and managers) attended in person or joined by webinar.
After USPTO Director David Kappos delivered the opening remarks, Mr. Craane and the other panelists offered their observations and opinions on the examination of medical device patent applications. The panel and the audience discussed a wide range of topics, from the examiner’s initial search to the applicant’s appeal of the examiner’s final rejection. The discussion uncovered some deep differences, but also highlighted how communication and education could further the shared goals of reducing patent pendency and improving patent quality.
The meeting concluded with the USPTO pledging to schedule similar meetings in the future.
Paul C. Craane is a partner in the Medical Devices Group at Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP. For nearly twenty years, Paul has prosecuted patent applications and reexaminations at the USPTO, and litigated patent cases in various US courts. Paul has experience with a wide range of medical systems and methods, including or involving biotechnology, surgical instruments, and drug and medical fluid delivery devices.