Recent advances in Diabetes Management | April 2018 Newsletter | MaxVal

The article addresses Medtronic’s recent FDA approval of the Guardian™ Connect Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system. A brief overview of all the clinical studies related to CGM has been presented. It also analyzes the recent findings on a microneedle system for non-invasive insulin delivery. A birds-eye view of patent filings related to microneedles for insulin delivery, with a focus on global players is presented.

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Acquisition and Predictive Analysis

It’s been a busy year for mergers and acquisitions, with a number of billion dollar deals that happened. We tracked and analyzed over 700 Mergers & Acquisitions that occurred in 2017 and extracted the 20 largest deals across 9 industries, valued above $5 B. $274.9B in large M&A transactions took place in 2017. 42% of the transactions occurred in the Medical/Pharma Sector totaling $86.6 B across 8 events. 21% of the transactions occurred in the Energy Sector totaling $28.3 B across 4 events. The largest acquisition in the most active sector: Medical equipment/Pharma was J&J | Actelion at $30B. The largest acquisition

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Do Semantic “Similarity” Searches Produce Better and Faster Results?

The Prior Art Search Challenge It is difficult to identify novelty of an invention without a thorough understanding of previous work in the field. Prior art search is essential to define the boundaries between a potential invention as claimable in a patent and the published prior art. It is common practice to perform keyword-based and/or classification-based searches of the disclosed concept. Getting a comprehensive result including hidden or unexpected prior art using classic methods is challenging, particularly when working under time constraints. The quality of the search greatly depends on how much time is spent on the search, and on

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Deploy Patent Prosecution Analytics to Accelerate the Product Development Cycle: A Comparative Case Study

Patent prosecution analytics can provide valuable insight into the performance of an organization’s IP operations just as other forms of analytics help in reducing cost, in making better decisions and in creating new products and services. Technology companies who are actively filing patents can achieve cost savings and faster times to grant through prosecution analytics. I will illustrate what I mean by looking at two leading technology companies with different prosecution performance – Cisco and Juniper Network. The patent prosecution analytics can illustrate areas for improvement, how a company compares with direct and indirect competitors, patent prosecution trends, and areas

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Patent Renewal Rates under Different Renewal Period Schemes

by Bharath Venkat In order to keep a US patent in force, the US Patent & Trademark Office requires that patent owners make maintenance fees at years 3.5, 7.5 and 11.5 after grant. This is in addition to filing, search, examination and post-filing fees. Other patent issuing authorities use different rules. For the European Patent Office (EPO), maintenance payments must be made annually and cannot be pre-paid. For Japan (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), fees are due annually and can be prepaid. If the patent owner decides not to pay the maintenance fee, then the patent owner

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The New Game Changer – IP5 and Global Prosecution Data

It has been over fifteen years since the release of Private PAIR. It was one of the most significant technical achievements by the USPTO and one of the major milestones in the patent data revolution by allowing electronic patent filing and data access. Although a real game changer fifteen years ago, as anyone who tried to get through the latest Java updates to access Private PAIR (especially on a browser other than FireFox) can attest, Private PAIR is far from cutting edge in 2016. Make no mistake; PAIR is still the bread and butter for US patent practice operations and

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Open Innovation Insights from Experts Paul Germeraad and Wim Vanhaverbeke

Open Innovation is a rapidly evolving methodology for accelerating new product development. Rather than developing innovations and new technologies secretly in a corporate laboratory, firms embracing Open Innovation actively seek new ideas from outside the firm and actively solicit ideas for their toughest challenges. According to Wikipedia: The central idea behind open innovation is that, in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or license processes or inventions (i.e. patents) from other companies. Companies who have successfully implemented Open Innovation programs include AkzoNobel, P&G and GE. Paul

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Why do We Pay Maintenance Fees?

Patent maintenance fees continue to increase. However, once the patent has issued, the USPTO does not provide any ongoing services to the patent holders. Therefore patent holders are correct in wondering why they must pay patent maintenance fees and why the fees are increasing. The requirement of maintenance fees has both economic and public policy reasons. First, maintenance fee revenue is used to fund the operations and expenses of the USPTO such as the examination of new patents. Second, maintenance fees allow for the promotion of progress of science and useful arts. Funding the USPTO The net cost of the USPTO program

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