“Biodesign” – the systematic creation of MedTech IP – and the role of patent searching

“Biodesign – The process of Innovating Medical Technologies” is recognised as a seminal work in the world of medical technologies, and is written by the staff af the Stanford Biodesign team.  



This book  is summarised in the website found here, and divides the creation of medical technologies as having 6 stages:

  • Needs finding
  • Needs screening
  • Concept generation
  • Concept screening
  • Strategy development
  • Business planning

I would suggest that these stages would be applicable to innovation in many different fields, not just in medical innovations.

What might be interesting to us IP interested people in their excellent summary on patent searching. This is found at the page found here, and can be simplified to:

  1. Search the prior art – where recommended patent databases include the USPTO, Google Patent. Thomson Innovation, Derwent Innovations Index, and a few listed international patent databases
  2. Review the patents
  3. For the most relevant 10 to 20 patents:

broaden the search out again, using either citation search or classification index from the patents of interest identified in the first cycle. This should result in some new patents, and excluding some others from the first step. Repeat this cycle of broadening and filtering. Once the list of patents of interest stabilizes at some relatively small number (probably five to 15), these are key patents. Remember that new art is published daily, however, so searching is an ongoing process”

This of course is exactly the approach we recommend here at Ambercite. We independently developed this approach because we recognised it its effectiveness and efficiency, say compared to traditional patent searching which can often stop at step 2. 

In fact we believe in step 3 so strongly that we developed Cluster Searching, which allows us to efficiently search the patent landscape for further patents similar to a starting set of patents, say 10 – 20 if that is what you end up. It also allows for rapid iterative searching – you can quickly add and remove patents from the starting list of key patents.

Ambercite developed Cluster Searching because we thought it was the right thing to do. It is pleasing to note that Standord University independently developed and promoted a similar philosophy in its bible of medical technology innovations.


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