INNOVATION IN PRODUCT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

In product development, innovation is the process of creating value through the application of novel solutions to meaningful problems (1).

WHEN TO INNOVATE

Innovation, or the need for novel solutions, should be justified. Examples include avoiding blocking intellectual property, enabling a new technology, miniaturization, or a new implementation that improves performance. If no such rationale for innovation exists, then the responsible approach may be to integrate rather than innovate.

As a general rule, integration yields incremental value. To create a significant increase in value – for both the end user and the client – innovation is almost always required.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CREATION

The qualifications for patentability of an invention are a useful metric of a teams ability to innovate.

  • The subject matter of the invention must be consistent with statutory requirements
  • The invention must be new (novel)
  • The invention must be useful
  • The invention must be non-obvious

Thus, the number of patents awarded to an engineering team is a good measure of the ability of that team to innovate. NOVO’s staff are named inventors on hundreds of U.S. utility patents. Our clients rely on our ability to innovate to solve technical problems and build their intellectual property portfolios.

References:

  1. Credit for this concise and practical definition of “innovation” comes from Digintent, a business consulting firm, and it applies directly to innovation in the product development process.
105 Issued U.S. Patents And Counting
Patent # Patent Type Patent Title
10 369 274 Medical Device Sterile fluid pathway connection to drug containers for drug delivery pumps
10 322 231 Medical Device Drive mechanism for drug delivery pumps with integrated status indication
10 245 388 B2 Medical Device Injection device for minimally invasive procedures and uses thereof
10 092 693 Medical Device Controlled delivery drive mechanisms for drug delivery pumps
10 076 441 Medical Device Devices for cooling the nasal cavity
10 046 115 Medical Device Drive control mechanisms and automatic injectors for injectable cartridges
9 999 727 Medical Device Drive mechanism for drug delivery pumps with integrated status indication
9 987 419 Medical Device Controlled delivery drive mechanisms for drug delivery pumps
9 931 065 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensors, applicators therefor, and associated methods
9 833 176 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
9 814 832 Medical Device Drive mechanism for drug delivery pumps with integrated status indication
9 814 498 Medical Device Apparatus and methods for reduction of vertebral bodies in a spine
9 802 035 Medical Device Apparatus for electrically mediated delivery of therapeutic agents
9 775 741 Medical Device Methods and devices for non-invasive cerebral and systemic cooling
9 775 543 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
9 757 527 Medical Device Retractable needle adapters and safety syringes
9 750 873 Medical Device Sealed infusion device with electrical connector port
9 731 895 Medical Device Automated smart storage of temperature sensitive products
9 707 335 Medical Device Drive mechanism for drug delivery pumps with integrated status indication
9 670 076 Medical Device Sterile fluid pathway connection to drug containers for drug delivery pumps
9 662 239 Medical Device Intragastric device
9 615 779 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensors, applicators therefor, and associated methods
9 615 779 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensors, applicators therefor, and associated methods
9 414 777 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
9 381 297 Medical Device Sealed infusion device with electrical connector port
9 364 664 Medical Device Apparatus for electrically mediated delivery of therapeutic agents
9 358 150 Medical Device Methods and devices for non-invasive cerebral and systemic cooling alternating liquid mist/gas for induction and gas for maintenance
9 351 862 Medical Device Intragastric device
9 173 758 Medical Device Intragastric device
9 084 648 Medical Device Apparatus and methods for reduction of vertebral bodies in a spine
9 075 910 Medical Device Physiological monitor system for determining medication delivery and outcome
9 055 901 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 979 795 Medical Device Retractable needle adapters and safety syringes
8 945 074 Medical Device Device with controller and pump modules for providing negative pressure for wound therapy
8 939 935 Medical Device Drive mechanism for drug delivery pumps with integrated status indication
8 932 256 B2 Medical Device Insertion device systems and methods
8 920 374 Medical Device Drive control mechanisms and automatic injectors for injectable cartridges
8 882 710 B2 Medical Device Insertion device systems and methods
8 808 240 Medical Device Activity guard
8 801 611 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 801 611 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 750 955 Medical Device Analyte sensor
8 740 927 Medical Device Intragastric device
8 721 699 Medical Device Methods and devices for non-invasive cerebral and systemic cooling
8 721 545 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 679 128 Medical Device Apparatus and methods for reduction of vertebral bodies in a spine
8 663 198 Medical Device Negative pressure wound therapy device 
8 663 109 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 647 358 Medical Device Intragastric device
8 615 282 Medical Device Analyte sensor
8 565 848 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 515 519 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 512 280 Medical Device Devices for cooling the nasal cavity
8 496 618 Medical Device Activity guard
8 480 723 Medical Device Methods and devices for non-invassive cerebral and systemic cooling
8 475 373 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 457 708 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 452 368 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 313 434 Medical Device Analyte sensor inserter system
8 308 786 Medical Device Methods and devices for non-invasive cerebral and systemic cooling via the nasal cavity
8 280 475 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 231 531 Medical Device Analyte sensor
8 229 534 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
8 157 767 Medical Device Devices for cooling the nasal cavity
8 108 040 Medical Device Method and apparatus for delivery of therapeutic agents
8 070 723 Medical Device Activity guard
7 905 833 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
7 824 436 Medical Device Methods and devices for non-invasive cerebral and systemic cooling
7 682 358 Medical Device Steerable catheter 
7 654 956 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
7 621 919 Medical Device Orthopedic cutting block
7 497 827 Medical Device Methods and systems for inserting a transcutaneous analyte sensor
7 494 465 Medical Device Transcutaneous analyte sensor
7 310 544 Medical Device Methods and systems for inserting a transcutaneous analyte sensor
7 189 243 Medical Device Orthopaedic fixation pin extraction
6 599 311 Medical Device Method and assembly for lung volume reduction
6 589 237 Medical Device Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for treating tissue
6 506 152 Medical Device Caloric energy balance monitor 
6 436 058 Medical Device System and method for implementing rehabilitation protocols for an orthopedic restraining device
6 116 235 Medical Device Vapor retention assembly
6 105 572 Medical Device Liquid ventilator
5 891 094 Medical Device System for direct heating of fluid solution in a hollow body organ and methods
5 836 913 Medical Device Device and method for accessing a body cavity
5 829 428 Medical Device Methods and apparatus for reducing the loss of respiratory promoters
5 827 319 Medical Device Radially expandable access system having disposable and reusable components
5 820 600 Medical Device Adjustable introducer valve
5 814 058 Medical Device Method and apparatus employing conformable sleeve for providing percutaneous access
5 749 838 Medical Device Posture training device
5 653 692 Medical Device Method and system for direct heating of fluid solution in a hollow body organ
5 411 500 Medical Device Portable arthroscope with disposable probe
5 392 766 Medical Device System and method for cleaning viewing scope lenses
5 329 936 Medical Device Portable arthroscope with periscope optics
5 323 767 Medical Device Portable arthroscope with periscope optics
5 301 657 Medical Device Sleeve for maintaining the sterility of an arthroscopic procedure
5 190 028 Medical Device Method for manufacturing a disposable arthroscopic probe
5 188 093 Medical Device Portable arthroscope with periscope optics
D 768 288 Medical Device Drug delivery pump
D 764 657 Medical Device Automatic injector
D 745 142 Medical Device Drug delivery pump
D 532 523 Medical Device Thermal therapy pad
D 527 108 Medical Device Thermal therapy pad
D 510 626 Medical Device Thermal therapy pad
D 505 727 Medical Device Thermal therapy pad
D 500 140 Medical Device Thermal therapy pad
D 342 136 Medical Device Disposable arthroscope