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Physician Inventions: When that Great Idea Strikes – Start Here.
By Steven T. Lawrence, JD, LL.M. originally published in Round-Up, Maricopa County Medical Society, August 2014
A ha! It is that moment when an idea strikes for that next great medical device or medical application. For many physicians, the problem is not in coming up with new ideas, the confusion and difficulty comes in analyzing what to do next once an idea for an invention has hit. The process for protecting a medical invention can be a maze – not unlike the healthcare system itself – with dead ends and trap doors.
The purpose of this article is to provide physicians with a summary of pitfalls and best practices when considering a new invention.