Are the Brookhill–Wilk patents impediments to market growth in cybersurgery?

@article{Mclean2008AreTB,
  title={Are the Brookhill–Wilk patents impediments to market growth in cybersurgery?},
  author={T. Mclean and A. Torrance},
  journal={The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={4}
}
  • T. Mclean, A. Torrance
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
In the past, many surgeons could practise their craft with little or no knowledge of patent law. But in the world of robotic and computerized surgery, this is increasingly a myopic approach, because the principle means of protecting high‐tech surgical instruments is through the application of patent law. The issue is: does the Brookhill–Wilk patent, which covers the performance of remote robotic surgery, impede the growth of cybersurgery? 
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