Depending on who's talking, the U.S. patent system may, or may not, be in dire need of reform. In a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the bipartisan STRONGER Patents Act, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) stressed the need to undo the precedent set by the Supreme Court's 13-year-old eBay decision that weakened injunctive relief in infringement cases and to resolve some of the unintended consequences of the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA).
The FDA has granted breakthrough device designation to Sonivie Ltd.'s Therapeutic Intra-Vascular Ultrasound (TIVUS) system for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Early clinical studies suggest that the catheter-based system could stabilize or reduce pressure in the pulmonary vasculature of PAH patients, a population with an average survival rate of five years.