The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by an increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, as well as a growing importance in technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 710,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Robotics in medical: guided robotic catheters. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 155,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the medical devices industry, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Guided robotic catheters is a key innovation area in robotics
Guided robotic catheters are navigation systems that help surgeons perform complex procedures through minimally invasive techniques and image guidance while improving the quality and outcome of procedures.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of guided robotic catheters.
Key players in guided robotic catheters – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to guided robotic catheters
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Johnson & Johnson||487||Unlock Company Profile|
|Becton Dickinson and Co||241||Unlock Company Profile|
|Koninklijke Philips NV||222||Unlock Company Profile|
|Intuitive Surgical Inc||220||Unlock Company Profile|
|Abbott Laboratories||159||Unlock Company Profile|
|Medtronic Plc||132||Unlock Company Profile|
|ASAN Foundation||32||Unlock Company Profile|
|Robocath SAS||25||Unlock Company Profile|
|Olympus Corp||25||Unlock Company Profile|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Moray Medical||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|Avanos Medical Inc||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|Siemens AG||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|ClearPoint Neuro Inc||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|Stent Tek Ltd||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|Canon Inc||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|XACT Robotics Ltd||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|Cardioguidance Biomedical LLC||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|Cardionxt Inc||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Medipixel||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Asan Social Welfare Foundation||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Siemens Healthineers AG||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Shanghai MicroPort EP MedTech Co Ltd||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Stryker Corp||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|CoapTech LLC||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|ReShape Lifesciences Inc||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|ENvizion Medical Ltd||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Navisonics Inc||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Avinger Inc||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Francis Medical Inc||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Panasonic Holdings Corp||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Cook Group Inc||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Lucent Medical Systems Inc||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Surgi-Vision Inc||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|FBGS Technologies GmbH||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|NDR Medical Technology Pte Ltd||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Flip Technologies Limited||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mega Medical Co Ltd||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|InterVene Inc.||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|catheter precision Inc||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Beijing Chest Hospital||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Boston Scientific Corp||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|MicroPort Scientific Corp||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Shanghai Operation Robot Co Ltd||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Micronix Pty. Ltd.||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mentice AB||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Dib Ultranav Medical LLC||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Irresistible Materials Ltd.||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Children’s National Health System||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|AngioDynamics Inc||2||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Johnson & Johnson the leading patent filer in the field of guided robotic catheters. Some other key patent filers in the field include Becton Dickinson, Koninklijke Philips, Intuitive Surgical, and Abbott Laboratories.
In terms of application diversity, Mentice leads the pack, followed by Irresistible Materials and Panasonic. By geographic reach, Robocath holds the top position, followed by ClearPoint Neuro and Stent Tek in second and third spots, respectively.
With the help of guided robotic catheters, interventional procedures can be performed faster and with less radiation exposure, as compared to traditional catheterisation. Robotic catheterisation tools enable medical personnel to influence the target tissue and aid in the distribution of drugs or antibiotics to fend against infections and disease. In the near future, these systems will drive a push towards procedures done by surgeons off-site and separated from the patients themselves.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Robotics in Medical Devices.