AtriCure. has filed a patent for methods and devices for performing surgical operations on biological tissues. The method involves marking positions on opposing surfaces of the tissue before performing therapeutic procedures. The claim details a method of marking tissue using a specialized marking device with an absorbent tip. GlobalData’s report on AtriCure gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on AtriCure, Surgical robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. AtriCure's grant share as of January 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method of marking biological tissue during surgery

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: AtriCure Inc

A patent application (Publication Number: US20230414296A1) describes a method for marking biological tissue using a specialized marking device. The method involves introducing the marking device into a surgical space, exposing the absorbent tip, and applying a marking substance to the tissue. The marking substance can include various materials such as ink, dye, radionuclide, radiopaque substance, or magnetic substance. The device allows for precise marking by penetrating the tissue with a microneedle tip and can be guided to the desired location using magnetic attraction or impedance measurement of the tissue.

Additionally, the patent application details a method for marking tissue using a patch that is applied to a specific position on the biological tissue. The patch contains a marking substance that is transferred to the tissue, which can include ink, dye, radionuclide, radiopaque substance, or magnetic substance. The patch can be constructed from bioabsorbable or biocompatible materials and can be left in place after a surgical procedure or removed before completion. The patch can be provided in a dry state and hydrated before application, offering flexibility in use. Overall, the patent application outlines innovative methods and devices for precise and effective marking of biological tissue during surgical procedures.

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