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May 2011: Emerging patent thickets and standards in the medical devices and telehealth space – Innovation, market dynamics and policy options in cross-over technologies

Date: May 1, 2011

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The report was authored by CambridgeIP’s Ilian Iliev, Helena van der Merwe and Quentin Tannock, and University of Sussex researcher Dr. Puay Tang. The authors discuss two broad topics as applied to the emerging space of telehealth: the effects of patent thickets (technology areas that are densely populated by patents referring to a similar technology domain) on innovation and market dynamics, and the role of technology standards and patent pools as a possible response to the emergence of patent thickets. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the telehealth space – a cross-over of the telecoms and medical devices industries – the findings and conclusions of the report are relevant to inform IP and innovation policy more broadly.

The Report concludes with a discussion of projections for continued development and investment in the telehealth space, translating to a wealth of opportunities for the traditional technology, telecoms and health communities globally. In light of the UK’s strengths as a market leader in both telecoms and medical devices, and its position as one of the largest consolidated healthcare services markets internationally, it is expected that the domestic market for telehealth in particular will benefit from high-level and sustained investment.

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