is a patent attorney and co-founding partner of Wei & Sleman LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, opinions and due diligence spanning a variety of technologies ranging from mechanical devices to electronic hardware and software. His specialty is medical devices. In addition to working with large medical device manufacturers, Peter has supported many physician entrepreneurs and startups. He is the author of The Physician Inventor: The Doctor’s Handbook to Patenting Medical Devices and Methods, available on Amazon. As a creative outlet, Peter publishes Informal Drawings, a comic strip devoted to intellectual property.
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A decent patent strategy starts with protecting your current commercial product. A better patent strategy builds on this by not only considering what is, but what could be. To provide real value, consider the actions of others and invest time studying the patent landscape and gathering business intelligence from competitors’ filings. Additionally, instead of passively observing such filings, a company should also consider being more active by filing one or more third-party submissions (often termed preissuance submissions) in their competitor’s pending applications. These third-party submissions are a terrific defensive tool to slow down or impede your competitors’ patent ambitions.