Intuitive Surgical had 14 patents in metaverse during Q1 2024. Intuitive Surgical Inc has filed patents for modified animal tissues for simulated surgical procedures, a medical system with tracking and display capabilities for surgical guidance, a method for displaying guidance information during surgery, a system for identifying and providing virtual guidance for medical components, and a method for adjusting shape information of a medical instrument during surgery. These innovations aim to enhance the realism and precision of surgical procedures. 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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Intuitive Surgical grant share with metaverse as a theme is 35% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Modified animal organs for use in surgical simulators (Patent ID: US20240078931A1)

The patent filed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. discloses modified animal tissues, organs, and organ systems for use in simulated surgical procedures. These modifications include enhancing electrical conductivity, simulating live animal contents, and perfusing fake blood through the tissues. Surgeons can experience a more realistic simulated surgical procedure by using these modified tissues, organs, and organ systems. The patent also describes the creation of hybrid/chimeric tissues by adhering portions of different tissues or organs, which can be from the same or different animals, for use in simulated surgeries.

The patent further details a tissue block for simulated surgery that includes isolated animal tissues adhered together into simulated human organs using adhesive or fasteners. These simulated human organs contain a salt-containing hydrogel formulation that adds viscosity and enables electrocautery. Additionally, the simulated human organs can be filled or partially filled with the hydrogel formulation and perfused with fake blood. The fake blood has specific characteristics such as osmolality and pH range, providing a more realistic surgical experience during simulations. The patent also outlines a method for making these tissue blocks, involving the adhesion of isolated animal tissues and the incorporation of the salt-containing hydrogel formulation and fake blood to create realistic simulated human organs for surgical training purposes.

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