Intuitive Surgical had 30 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Intuitive Surgical Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 include a medical system with a display and control system for surgical environments, a surgeon training apparatus using biological tissue in an anatomically correct framework, a system for generating virtual guidance in medical environments, robotic surgery systems with floor supported robots and offset links, and a system for generating procedure plans and evaluating performance metrics for robot-assisted 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 robotics as a theme is 43% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Systems and methods for providing synthetic indicators in a user interface for a robot-assisted system (Patent ID: US20240090962A1)

The patent filed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. describes a medical system that includes a display system and a control system. The control system, equipped with a processing unit, is designed to display an image of a surgical environment's field of view generated by an imaging component. Additionally, the processing unit generates a three-dimensional synthetic indicator for the position of an instrument outside the field of view and displays it along with the image of the surgical environment.

Furthermore, the patent outlines various claims related to the medical system, such as the inclusion of an indicator body and icon on the three-dimensional synthetic indicator, the indicator's orientation changes relative to the indicator body as the field of view changes, and the indicator's ability to include a height, width, and depth dimension. The system also allows for the indication of instrument status or control mode, morphing of the indicator to show the distance between the indicator and the instrument, and the use of synthetic indicators to display engagement status of pedals in relation to instruments visible in the field of view. These claims highlight the innovative features and functionalities of the medical system described in the patent.

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