Starting in 2020, the Foundation is reporting on new patents issued and new patent applications filed with the US Patent Office.  This page will be updated on a quarterly basis.

For companies seeking intellectual property advice, we have also provided a curated a list of IP/regulatory lawyers.

January 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020

The list below was compiled using the United States Patent and Trademark Office's database

Patent Applications Filed 

There were no new applications filed for focused ultrasound technology in the first part of 2020.


Patents Issued 

Patent Number: 10,535,332
Patent Title: Confinement or movement of an object using focused ultrasound waves to generate an ultrasound intensity well
Patent Owner: Maxwell, Adam D., et al. (University of Washington)
Date Issued: January 14, 2020
Brief Description: Focused ultrasound transducer with matched acoustic lens to create an annular pressure field for the confinement or movement of an object.

Patent Number: 10,542,963
Patent Title: Ultrasound phantom for focused ultrasound, method for manufacturing the same, biomimetic hydrogel phantom, method for manufacturing the same, discoloring method and drug delivering method using the same
Patent Owner: Kim, Se Hwa, et al. (Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KR))
Date Issued: January 28, 2020
Brief Description: Tissue mimicking hydrogel focused ultrasound phantom with thermochromic properties (changes color with temperature), applications for quality assurance, drug delivery and phantom manufacture.

Patent Number: 10,589,131
Patent Title: Methods of delivering chemical denervation to the vertebral body
Patent Owner: Diederich, Chris, et al. (University of California)
Date Issued: March 17, 2020
Brief Description: Related to patent number 10,603,522. Adds rotation of interstitial probe and delivery of a chemical agent to the target at several points along the probe.

Patent Number: 10,595,828
Patent Title: Probe, ultrasound imaging apparatus and controlling method of the ultrasound imaging apparatus. 
Patent Owner: Liberman; Alexander, et al. (Samsung Electronics, University of California)
Date Issued: March 24, 2020
Brief Description: Ultrasound guidance and closed-loop control for focused ultrasound therapy with real-time detection of an injected nanoparticle contrast agent.

Patent Number: 10,603,522
Patent Title: Method of treating back pain with microwave sources
Patent Owner: Diederich, Chris, et al. (University of California)
Date Issued: March 31, 2020
Brief Description: Interstitial implanted focused ultrasound probe with cooling balloon for ablation of vertebral body denervation.

Patent Number: 10,603,520
Patent Title: Therapeutic treatment device
Patent Owner: Yon, Sylvain, et al. (Theraclion)
Date Issued: March 31, 2020
Brief Description: Monitoring tissue properties with pulsed ultrasound during focused ultrasound therapy exposure.

Patent Number: 510,710,873
Patent Title: Complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ultrasonic transducers and methods for forming the same
Patent Owner: Rothberg; Jonathan M., et. al. (Butterfly Network, Inc.)
Date Issued: July 14, 2020

Patent Number: 410,716,958
Patent Title: Method for operating a medical robot, a medical robot, and a medical workstation
Patent Owner: Neff; Thomas
Date Issued: July 21, 2020

Patent Number: 310,722,137
Patent Title: Systems and methods for accelerated MR thermometry
Patent Owner: Fielden; Samuel, et. al. (University of Virginia Patent Foundation, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University)
Date Issued: July 28, 2020

Patent Number: 210,736,603
Patent Title: Method and apparatus for treating valvular disease
Patent Owner: Messas; Emmanuel, et. al. (Cardiawave)
Date Issued: August 11, 2020

Patent Number: 10,751,125
Patent Title: Simulation-based focused-ultrasound treatment planning
Patent Owner: Levy; Yoav, et. al. (Insightec)
Date Issued: August 25, 2020

 

List of Intellectual Property Lawyers

For companies seeking intellectual property advice, below is a curated a list of IP/regulatory lawyers with extensive experience in the medical device industry and the relevant contact information.

Cooley

Mika Reiner Mayer, Partner
IP strategy and litigation
3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130
Contact: 650-843-5366 |

Scott Talbot, Partner
IP strategy and litigation
11951 Freedom Drive, 14th Floor, Reston, VA 20190-5640
Contact: 703-456-8072 |

Roberts Calderon Safran & Cole PC

Andrew M. Calderon, Head of Mechanical Engineering Group
IP strategy, litigation support, portfolio management, patent prosecution
7918 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Contact: 703-677-3011 |

Andrew D. Wright, Shareholder
Litigation support, portfolio management, patent prosecution
7918 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Contact: 703-677-3012 |

Stuart I. Smith, Of Counsel
Patent prosecution
7918 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Contact: 703-584-3274 |

Etan Chatlynne, Senior Counsel
Patent prosecution
Orange County, CA
Contact: 703-584-3270 |

Covington & Burling

Melody Wu, Head of Patent Portfolio Counseling
IP strategy and litigation
One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001-4956
Contact: 202-662-6000 |

Denise Esposito, Co-Head of Food, Drug and Device Practice
FDA navigation
One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001-4956
Contact: 202-662-5562 |

Latham & Watkins

Dr. Roger J. Chin, MD, Partner
IP strategy and litigation
505 Montgomery Street, Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
Contact: 415-395-8122 |

John R. Manthei, Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice
FDA navigation
555 Eleventh Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1304
Contact: 202-637-2211 |

Elizabeth M. Richards, Partner
FDA navigation
555 Eleventh Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1304
Contact: 202-637-2130 |

WilmerHale

David L. Cavanaugh, Partner
IP strategy and litigation
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
Contact: 202-663-6025 |

Pillsbury

James P. Conley, Partner
IP strategy and litigation
12255 El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130-4088
Contact: 650-253-4500 |

Jack S. Barufka, Head of IP practice
IP strategy and litigation
1650 Tysons Boulevard, 14th Floor, McLean, VA 22102-4856
Contact: 703-770-7712 |

Woods Rogers PLC

Nathan A. Evans, Partner
Patent prosecution and litigation
123 East Main Street, Fifth Floor, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Contact: 434-220-6829 |

*All lawyers listed above have experience in the medical device industry.

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