Medtronic had 20 patents in batteries during Q4 2023.Medtronic Plc’s Q4 2023 patents focus on innovative surgical instruments with removable battery assemblies, efficient power transmitting and receiving systems, wireless charging systems for medical environments, and batteries with solid-state electrolytes and insulative coatings for improved performance and safety. GlobalData’s report on Medtronic gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Medtronic grant share with batteries as a theme is 25% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Battery discharge mechanism for surgical instruments (Patent ID: US20230363748A1)

The patent filed by Medtronic Plc describes a surgical instrument comprising a handle assembly and a battery assembly that can be removably coupled to the handle assembly. The handle assembly includes a handle housing with an electronic component, a handle finger, and an electrical contact. The battery assembly consists of a battery housing, a battery cell, battery contacts, and a discharge circuit board that can discharge the battery and is moved within the housing by the handle finger upon coupling. The design allows for efficient and safe operation of the surgical instrument, ensuring proper power supply and control during procedures.

Furthermore, the patent details various claims related to the surgical instrument and battery assembly, including the configuration of the discharge circuit board, the interaction between the handle assembly and battery assembly, and the maintenance of the components in different positions. The claims outline specific features such as the movement of the discharge circuit board, the electrical coupling between components, and the use of a retainer to secure the board in place. These claims highlight the innovative design and functionality of the surgical instrument, emphasizing the importance of proper power management and control in medical procedures for optimal performance and safety.

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