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Medical Device



The medical device industry is at the forefront of innovation, with newly developed technologies and products being introduced every day. Perkins Coie attorneys understand the highly competitive nature of the industry as well as both the law and science behind the dynamic medical device industry.

We regularly represent medical device clients including startups, large medical device manufacturers, research institutions, and universities. Our medical device team has extensive experience in a wide variety of technologies and a full range of areas in the medical device industry, including:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes Management
  • Diagnostics
  • Imaging Systems
  • Implants
  • Lasers
  • Neuro Stimulation
  • Optic and Vision
  • Pain Management
  • Renal Care
  • Stimulation Devices
  • Surgical Tools






Several of our attorneys have advanced degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, including specialties in biology, chemistry, optics and physics. Our medical device team includes former patent examiners and in-house counsel from the medical device field.

Intellectual Property Experience in the Medical Device Industry

We provide a full range of IP services to our medical device clients, including procurement and enforcement of patent rights and development and implementation of comprehensive U.S. and foreign patent portfolio strategy.

Our medical device team also has extensive experience working with clients on critical issues such as transactional due diligence, third party patent analysis (freedom-to-operate and clearance), and other strategic IP transactions.

Our lawyers have represented clients involved in a variety of disputes relating to medical devices, including patent infringement actions, ITC proceedings, patent interferences, reexaminations (including inter partes review proceedings), and reissues.

Perkins Coie is also experienced in helping our medical device clients with other complex legal issues, including:

  • Choice of entity, corporate formation and structure, corporate governance and public reporting
  • Private (preferred stock) investments, debt financings, initial public offerings and subsequent equity follow-on financings
  • Corporate partnering, complex licensing, strategic alliances, R&D collaborations, joint ventures, supply and distribution agreements, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Business models in light of intellectual property strategies and the FDA approval process
  • Product liability counseling and litigation
  • Government investigations and whistleblower lawsuits
  • Labor and employment issues, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements
  • Real estate and land use


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