At the heart of our organization is an unwavering commitment to rapidly identify
and implement innovative ideas that positively impact patients, healthcare providers
and the community. In particular, we are dedicated to developing medical devices
that enable surgeons to provide their patients with less invasive surgery and better
As a result of our strong dedication to innovation—we invest, on average, 20% of
our revenue in R&D annually—we have a portfolio of over 700 surgical products. We
are well recognized for our breakthrough abdominal access (Kii), hand access (GelPort),
single site (GelPOINT), occlusion (STEALTH), and wound protection/retraction (Alexis)
Currently, we are developing the next generation of innovative surgical devices
that will complement our existing products in the following areas: Colorectal, General,
Bariatric, Urologic, Gynecologic, Obstetric, Cardiac, and Vascular surgery.
If you have an idea for a new product that would complement our product offering,
or an idea for an enhancement to an existing product, we sincerely appreciate your
interest in sharing your idea with us, and we invite you to read the important information
1. Ideas may be considered intellectual property, and they may be valuable.
An idea for a new product or an improvement to an existing product may be considered
intellectual property, and it may be valuable. Therefore, we require that you understand
and agree to our submission guidelines before you submit your idea. The guidelines
are designed to reasonably protect you, the submitter, as well as the company, from
the potential for misunderstandings or disputes.
2. Applied Medical will only consider your idea on a non-confidential basis.
You should only provide information that you are willing to allow Applied Medical
to use without any restriction, or expectation of compensation or confidentiality.
By submitting your idea, you neither assume a confidential relationship with us
or a guarantee of secrecy.
3. If your idea is not patented or patent pending, you should consider protecting
it before submitting it to us.
Before disclosing your idea to anyone, we strongly encourage you to work with a
professional to assess the patentability of your idea and apply for patent protection
if your idea is patentable. If you would like to learn more about the patent application
process, or search for issued patents and patent applications yourself, you can
refer to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website (www.uspto.gov)
or Google (www.google.com/patents).
4. If you disclose an inventive part of your idea to Applied Medical before filing
for a patent, you may lose certain rights.
Protection of your idea is important because the disclosure of an inventive part
of the idea without an obligation of confidentiality—as is the case noted here—before
filing for a patent may result in the loss of certain rights. Due to the complex
legal issues that can arise, we suggest that you consult with a patent attorney
for professional advice.
5. Ideas may only be submitted through our online Idea Submission Portal.
Due to the intellectual property issues that can arise when ideas are not submitted
in a controlled manner, we only accept ideas through our online Idea Submission
Portal. Ideas submitted by any other means will not be accepted.