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Physician Rights and Responsibilities

Patent for Surgical or Diagnostic Instrument

The WSMA believes that a physician may patent a surgical or diagnostic instrument he/she has discovered and developed. The laws governing patents are based on the sound doctrine that one is entitled to protect his/her discovery. (JC 9.08-87) (Reaffirmed A-17)


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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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