Global intellectual property (IP), patent landscape, state-of-the-art report of 3D printing and rapid manufacturing in medical technology

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Discover the intellectual property of 3D Printing and Rapid Manufacturing in Medical Technology


If you are an IP professional, a consultant, a strategy manager, a business executive or an M&A professional this report could potentially save you a lot of effort in understanding the IP of medical 3D printing. Our report can typically be understood by senior managers, not just technical experts. IP insights and syntheses can be critical to your IP, R&D, innovation, application development, business development, M&A and broader business strategy.

The report focuses on the intellectual property of 3D printing (=additive manufacturing) as well as subtractive manufacturing, therefore overall rapid manufacturing for medical applications (medical technology, medical devices and healthcare). It includes more than 250 selected patents (> 110 individual inventions) worldwide from 1 Jan 2006 to 31 Dec 2016 and shows you which inventions are protected by patents in which countries. It offers a concise overview of the IP landscape as well as an easy-to-understand patent-by-patent analysis.

The patents identified and analysed were mainly in the fields of dental, orthopedics, general medical, tissue engineering, monitoring & diagnostic, data, CMF, hearing devices, spine, orthosis, cancer surgery and airway devices.


Our report features a synthesis of the IP landscape and a patent-by-patent analysis.

1. IP landscape synthesis
• Ideal for business executives, consultants, IP, R&D, innovation, business development, application development or M&A leaders who want to understand the essence of medical 3D printing IP in a brief amount of time
• Read a small number of pages to understand the IP landscape globally
• See per key field which types of inventions are protected in which countries
• Browse through the detailed list of all inventions and their specific application focus

2. Patent-by-patent analysis
• Ideal for IP managers, consultants, researchers, application developers
• For each invention/patent, read an insightful synthesis that is easy to understand, short and to-the-point, including:
  i. Application focus
  ii. Identified problems & needs
  iii. Overall proposed solution
  iv. Key elements
• Do not worry about summarizing multi-page long technical patent documents yourself, just copy/paste our analysis and tweak it to your needs

McDerson ( is an innovative young company, with the mission to enable innovation. We make complex IP simple. We provide premium expert reports on intellectual property in the hottest fields of medical technology and healthcare. We bridge the gap between technical jargon and the so-whats most senior executives need from IP to make executive decisions. You have narrowed your IP search to a few hundred patents and you do not want to invest the time or resources to read and synthesize them to understand the big picture? Read our report, where we do it for you.

Typical uses of the report:

Based on the patent sample and your background, you can use the information as a starting point to:
- Understand what types of inventions are protected in which countries
- Deduce the gaps that exist and that your business could fill
- Tailor your R&D, innovation and M&A strategy to address unmet needs
- Understand the state-of-the-art of a specific innovation field quickly
- Decide whether it is worth researching a specific application
- Get an idea of how important specific countries have become in a certain field
- Use the IP landscape to better judge the competitive value of your innovation agenda
- Enlarge or shorten the sample of inventions included, for further analyses based on your needs

Executive summary:

This report analyses and synthesises the intellectual property (IP) of rapid manufacturing in the medical field, which consists of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) and subtractive manufacturing. The inventions were selected using a targeted search strategy (using Espacenet), leading to more than 250 patents from 2006 to the end of 2016, filed globally. These represent over 110 different inventions (several ones are protected with multiple patents in different countries).

Inventions were analysed by region and main field they addressed, the results were synthesised, and a concise analysis of each invention/patent was added. The analysis details application focus, identified problems & needs, overall proposed solution and key elements for each invention/patent.

Results from the search show that the main application fields were in dental, followed by orthopedics and general medical. Other fields included tissue engineering, monitoring & diagnostic, data, CMF, hearing devices, spine, orthosis, cancer surgery and airway devices. [A structured and more detailed synthesis is provided in the report after purchase in its executive summary and IP landscape section]. Patents were filed by many different companies, universities and individuals. Most companies or universities had only one invention under protection. But in several cases a single invention was protected with multiple patents in different countries. Most patents were filed as WIPO, Chinese, European or US patents.

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Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

2. Methodology
2.1 Search strategy
2.2 Patent filing and definitions

3. IP landscape
3.1 Rapid manufacturing technologies
3.2 Key fields
3.3 Application focus
3.4 Patent applicants
3.5 Regional differences

4. Dental inventions
4.1 Synthesis
4.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

5. Orthopedic inventions
5.1 Synthesis
5.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

6. General medical inventions
6.1 Synthesis
6.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

7. Tissue engineering inventions
7.1 Synthesis
7.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

8. Monitoring & diagnostic, data inventions
8.1 Synthesis
8.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

9. CMF inventions
9.1 Synthesis
9.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

10. Hearing device inventions
10.1 Synthesis
10.2 Analysis per patent [structured by subcategory]

11. Spine inventions
11.1 Synthesis
11.2 Analysis per patent

12. Orthosis inventions
12.1 Synthesis
12.2 Analysis per patent

13. Cancer surgery inventions
13.1 Synthesis
13.2 Analysis per patent

14. Airway device inventions
14.1 Synthesis
14.2 Analysis per patent

15. Appendix
15.1 Abbreviations
15.2 Applicants of patents
15.2.a Description
15.2.b Company applicants
15.2.c University applicants
15.2.d Individual applicants
15.2.e All applicants with publication numbers
15.3 Patents not included in analysis
15.4 Country codes
15.5 References
15.5.a Detailed references for patents included in analysis
15.5.b Detailed references for patents excluded from analysis

Regions and countries covered
Global search - patents identified were filed with the following patent offices:
• Africa – including South Africa
• Asia-Pacific (APAC) - including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan
• Europe – including patents filed/applied for at the European Patent Office with validity in designated countries in Europe (“EPO”, “EP”) as well as single country patents in Europe, filed with the respective national patent office (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, UK)
• Middle East - including Israel
• LatAm – including Argentina, Brazil and Mexico
• North America – including Canada and USA
• WIPO – patents filed with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Explanation of table of contents

0. Disclaimer
Sets out some terms of use

1. Executive summary
Summarizes the insights and content on a high level

2. Methodology
2.1 Search strategy
Describes the search terms used to identify patents and which patents
were excluded (e.g., as they did not meet the intended focus of the

2.2 Patent filing and definitions
Explains the basics of patent filing and what certain abbreviations mean
(e.g., kind codes) as well as how patents were categorized in the report

3. IP landscape
3.1. Rapid manufacturing and technologies
Provides technological background, such as common processes in
3D printing

3.2. Key fields
Shows key fields identified that the inventions address, by which
they are grouped throughout the report to provide an clear
content-based structure

3.3 Application focus
Gives a thorough synthesis of the inventions protected in 3D
printing globally, based on the search. Explains per key field which types of inventions
are protected. Summarizes this in a structured way and
highlights countries where patents were filed. Additionally, offers
a detailed list of all inventions and their specific application focus.
Key insights of the report are found here. On a few pages the
entire 3D printing medical IP is synthesized, based on the search.

3.4 Patent applicants
Details which types of applicants (companies, individuals,
universities/not-for-profit organisations) have applied for patents

3.5 Regional differences
Explains in which regions and which countries patents were filed

4. - 14. Patent by patent analysis, structured by key field
Structured by key field (e.g., General Medial, Hearing devices), a
patent-by-patent/invention-by-invention analysis is provided. At the
beginning of each section (key field), there is a synthesis of what has
been found in the field (similar to the overall application focus
synthesis). Afterwards the various patents/inventions are analysed, in
many cases broken down by further subcategories, to make it easier to
group the patents. For example, general medical inventions are broken
down into scaffolds, new and improved processes, etc.. In each
subcategory the single inventions/patents are analysed one-by-one.
This part is very insightful as the invention descriptions are easy to
understand and to-the-point and can hence be grasped quickly. For
each invention, the following information is provided
i. Application focus
ii. Identified problems & needs
iii. Overall proposed solution
iv. Key elements

15. Appendix
15.1 List of abbreviations
Explains abbreviated terms used in the report

15.2 Applicants of patents
Lists applicants of patents, grouped by company individual
university/not for profit patents

15.3 Patents not included in the analysis
Points out publication numbers of patents excluded from analysis
e.g., because they did not meet the focus of the report or were
published before 2006

15.4 Country codes
Notes country codes and their meaning

15.5 References
Gives the references of the report

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