Medtronic had 20 patents in robotics during Q4 2023. Medtronic Plc’s Q4 2023 patents focus on innovative surgical systems and methods, including minimally invasive insertion of intervertebral rods, surgical implants with non-visible indicia detected by cameras, robotic arms with force sensing capabilities, and systems for ablating target tissue based on patient-specific anatomical and physiological information. These patents showcase Medtronic‘s commitment to advancing surgical technology for improved patient outcomes. 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 robotics as a theme is 30% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Minimally invasive intervertebral rod insertion (Patent ID: US20230414289A1)

The patent filed by Medtronic Plc describes a system and method for minimally invasive intervertebral rod insertion into a subject's vertebrae based on a preoperative surgical plan. The system calculates the rod shape to connect screw heads, uses a path planning algorithm to determine if the rod can be threaded through the screw heads, and adjusts screw positions or rod shape if necessary for successful insertion. The process can be performed robotically or manually with the addition of a navigation tracking system.

The method outlined in the patent involves planning an intervertebral rod insertion procedure by receiving a surgical plan defining screw positions and orientations in the spine, calculating the rod shape to connect screw heads, and determining if osteotomies are needed for rod insertion. The plan is adjusted iteratively until the rod can be inserted without osteotomies, with adjustments made to screw positions or rod shape as needed. The system includes a robot and control system to facilitate the procedure, with the option to insert screws robotically or manually based on the updated screw configuration and rod shape.

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