The Intellectual Property Yardstick


Out of curiosity, since I see Medtronic so frequently on patents and patent applications, I decided to take a one month snapshot, from July 25 to August 24 (today) of patent applications referencing the phrase “medical device” and examine it for the patent assignee company or other company reference. Here’s what came out:


Medtronic’s dominance (38 patents for medical devices in one month) of the intellectual property game is pretty astounding. It begs the question of how a player can hope to dominate the market without having some technological advantage, and whether pursuing a campaign of patent strength will correlate with success in the market.

These are just questions.

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