Medical electronics

Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and wearable devices are prompting medicine to evolve to a more connected model of care. Patients can now be monitored remotely by physicians via devices and associated apps, with improvements in wireless communication enabling a revolution in the medical sector.

What’s more, automated analysis of medical imaging is becoming increasingly sophisticated and powerful, driven by technology and computer software, which can offer improved accuracy and speed in diagnosing some conditions.

With these technological developments come challenges. Data management, security of communication and interoperability of health records are key, with cloud-based secure databases for medical information a common goal. Additionally, optimising user-friendly, graphical interfaces on consumer devices, to assist patients in operating home-use medical technologies and navigate information, is an ongoing endeavour for many organisations in this field.

HGF’s specialists in electronics, life sciences, chemistry and engineering work collaboratively to prepare patent applications relating to medical technologies such as medical image processing, medical apparatus, diagnostic algorithms and drug discovery for a wide-range of clients in the medical field. This includes multinational corporations, SMEs, research institutes and universities.  HGF’s specialist medical technology team remains abreast of technical developments in the medical field, including how AI is transforming healthcare and how patent law is keeping pace with this evolution.

This cross-disciplinary working strategy draws on key expertise, such as knowledge of exceptions to patentability relating to medical diagnosis and treatment, and circumventing exclusions to software patentability, allowing for the best possible scope of protection in each key jurisdiction.

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Event - 9th December 2021

Technology Transfer Primer - IP Management: AI and 5G in healthcare

The University of Hong Kong is hosting a webinar on ‘IP Management: AI and 5G in healthcare’ on 9th December 2021 with HGF’s Partner Dr Chris Benson and Patent Director …

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Event - 1st December 2021

Webinar: Patent eligibility of AI-related pharmaceutical inventions and practical tips for its patent obtainment in Japan

Join our webinar on 1st December, where speakers from Shiga, one of the leading IP firms in Japan, will present on ‘Patent eligibility of AI-related pharmaceutical inventions and practical tips …

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Event - 3rd November 2021

Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US

HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …

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Event - 9th September 2021

Autonomous Vehicles Expo 2021

HGF is sponsoring the Autonomous Vehicles Expo which is being held on 9th September. Autonomous Vehicles Expo will provide key insights from industry experts on how disruptive technological advances will …

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Event - 29th July 2021

HGF and Shiga webinar: Patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan

HGF in Europe and Shiga in Japan are holding a joint webinar on 29th July 2021. Fitter, faster, stronger – patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan Sporting …

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If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our medical electronics specialists.