Intuitive Surgical had 19 patents in metaverse during Q4 2023. Intuitive Surgical Inc filed patents in Q4 2023 for an axial support structure for a flexible elongate device, a system for displaying images of a surgical environment and interacting with them using gestures, and a LUS robotic surgical system trainable to automatically move a probe in a desired fashion during surgery. The LUS system can create 3D ultrasound models of anatomical structures and display virtual fixtures to assist surgeons in guiding tools to targets. GlobalData’s report on Intuitive Surgical gives a 360-degreee 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 42% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Axial support structure for a flexible elongate device (Patent ID: US20230398328A1)

The patent filed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. describes an axial support structure for a flexible elongate device that includes rigid links coupled by pin joints. Each link consists of a shaft with male and female joint connectors at each end, rotated by 90 degrees relative to each other. The links are also rotated by 90 degrees with respect to neighboring links, aligning the connectors to form the pin joints. These links also form lumens within the support structure, allowing for the passage of instruments through the device.

The flexible elongate device described in the patent includes the axial support structure with the rigid links and joints, forming lumens for instrument passage. The lumens include a primary lumen for instrument insertion, secondary lumens for optical fibers or wires, and pull wire lumens. The rigid links are identical and can be made of stainless steel, plastic, or thermoplastic material. They do not include nitinol and have a thin outer wall. The shaft of each link can have different cross-sections, and the device may include a pliable tube around the support structure. Additionally, the patent also describes an axial support structure as a standalone claim, detailing the composition and structure of the rigid links and the lumens they form for instrument passage.

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