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Patent Predicament: Finding a Medical Device Technology Expert



Oftentimes the team at IMS Consulting & Expert Services is sent on a search for an expert witness who possesses rare qualifications. For this patent infringement dispute, we needed to find an expert witness who had a background in medical device engineering, worked in the industry during a specific period, and possessed expertise in the testing and designing of needleless intravenous (IV) medical devices. Our sophisticated tracking system combined with the persistence of our search team enabled us to find not just one, but nine, outstanding candidates.

Primary Case Issue

A global healthcare products and services corporation alleged that a competitor infringed its patents when that competitor manufactured, distributed, marketed, and sold certain medical products. One of the products at issue in this case was a needle-free intravenous (IV) connector used by the healthcare industry.

Expert Witness Requirements

  • Medical device engineering expertise
  • Experience in the medical device industry during a time period related to the issues in this case
  • Expertise in testing and designing needleless intravenous (IV) connector valve technology
  • Ability to assist with claims of patent infringement, validity, and prior art analysis

Expert Witness Search

An internal research team submitted nine experts over a 10-day period. These expert candidates were pre-vetted by an IMS recruiter and all of them possessed extensive academic and practical experience related to the medical devices at issue in this case.

Expert Witness Placement

The chosen expert had more than 25 years of experience in medical device engineering, manufacturing, and compliance, and they possessed specific experience developing and testing needleless intravenous (IV) apparatus for a prominent medical device company. In addition, they had held executive and senior-level engineering positions with three prominent medical device corporations and had authored 18 US medical device patents.

Case Results

This case was dismissed due to discovery issues on the part of our client’s opponent.

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