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Current Issues in Medical Technology IP

Wednesday, April 17, 4:00-5:30
Meridian Ballroom 4, Graduate Minneapolis

Organizers: Vaughn Schmid, University of Minnesota

"USPTO: Recent Updates and Changes"
Linda Dvorak, United States Patent and Trademark Office

"101: Eligible Subject Matter in view of new USPTO Guidelines"
Amy Salmela, Shareholder, Patterson Thuente IP

"Secret Sales and 102 in Light of Helsinn"
Ryan Kobs, Principal, Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A.

Session Abstract:

When it comes to innovation in medical device technologies, Intellectual Property protection can be paramount to success and developing a strong IP strategy is a key consideration for inventors and businesses alike. Join us for a discussion of current IP topics led by our panel of experienced IP specialists.

Session Organizer Bios:

Vaughn Schmid, Tech Portfolio Manager, University of Minnesota
Vaughn is a Technology Portfolio Manager for the Technology Commercialization office at the University of Minnesota and works primarily with Medical Device IP.

Speaker Bios:

PH-FMLinda Dvorak, Supervisory Patent Examiner, US Patent & Trademark Office
Linda Dvorak attended The Catholic University of America for two years before graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. While in college, she completed internships with both the Army at the Ballistics Research Lab and the Navy at the David Taylor Research Lab wherein she co-authored two publications. In industry, she worked for a biomedical engineering firm in developing instrumentation such as a pulse oximeter and a blood pressure monitor. Linda joined the Patent and Trademark Office in 1990 as an examiner in the medical related arts. She was granted Full Signatory Authority in 1995. During her career, Linda has served on career development details to PCT and to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences where she drafted opinions and performed legal research. Ms. Dvorak was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 1998, the Exceptional Career Award in 2004, and the Distinguished Career Award in 2013. She has been a Supervisory Patent Examiner for 19 years in the electrosurgical technology area. Linda lives in Baltimore with her husband and 5 children.

Amy Salmela, Shareholder, Patterson Thuente IP
Amy Salmela is a shareholder at Patterson Thuente IP. As a registered patent attorney and electrical engineer, Amy’s practice focuses on patent prosecution for medical devices and technology; telecommunications; and electronics and electromechanics. Her practice includes strategic IP portfolio growth and management for clients that range from start-ups to multi-national Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 corporations.

Ryan Kobs, Principal, Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A.
Ryan is a Principal with Shumaker & Sieffert and a registered U.S. patent attorney. His practice includes  patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate and clearance opinions, and portfolio management. With a Biomedical Engineering background, Ryan specializes in medical technology, including therapy delivery devices, orthopedic devices, surgical devices, and medical instrumentation, mechanical systems, user interfaces, and software.

Presentation Abstracts:


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