Intuitive Surgical has been granted a patent for a surgical drape assembly with a unique cinch assembly. The assembly includes a folding mechanism with multiple links and hinge joints, allowing the drape to transition between extended and gathered configurations. GlobalData’s report on Intuitive Surgical 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 Intuitive Surgical, Surgical robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. Intuitive Surgical's grant share as of January 2024 was 58%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Surgical drape assembly with folding cinch mechanism

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11883123B2) discloses a surgical drape assembly featuring a unique cinch assembly with a folding mechanism comprising multiple links and hinge joints. The assembly allows for the surgical drape to transition between an unfolded configuration, where a portion of the drape is extended, and a folded configuration, where the same portion is gathered. Additionally, the assembly includes an alignment and attachment element assembly designed to engage with complementary attachment elements of surgical equipment, enhancing the overall functionality of the drape.

Furthermore, the patent details the incorporation of multiple cinch assemblies, folding mechanisms, and connector components within the surgical drape assembly to facilitate efficient gathering and securing of different portions of the drape. The use of living hinges in the hinge joints adds flexibility and durability to the design, ensuring smooth transitions between configurations. Overall, the innovative features described in the patent aim to improve the usability and effectiveness of surgical drapes during medical procedures, highlighting advancements in the field of surgical equipment design and functionality.

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