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Q1: Can my idea become a device?
We receive many ideas that are simply a concept for a new product feature, with no suggestion of how to provide that feature. Patents are only granted for methods, process and/or structure which define the feature, not for the concept of the feature itself.
Bare ideas can be useful, but they usually are simply a starting point for future work to develop commercial products and may not be a basis for Medtronic to pay compensation. One way to test this is to ask yourself whether the idea can be converted into a working prototype. If not, is the idea sufficiently well-defined that a knowledgeable person can understand and describe what would be needed to make a prototype (often the case with software or simple mechanical ideas)? Or would substantial additional development or experimentation be needed?
Q2: Is your idea new?
Make a search of published patents, products, and literature. Then if you don’t see a similar idea, or if a knowledgeable person believes your idea is new, we can consider it.
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