Olympus had nine patents in advanced materials during Q1 2024. Olympus Corp filed patents for an ultrasound probe with a unique wiring arrangement, a medical device with electromagnetic sensing coils and ultrasound transducer for imaging tissue, and an ultrasound endoscope with a piezoelectric element filled with specific materials for improved performance. GlobalData’s report on Olympus gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Olympus grant share with advanced materials as a theme is 66% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Ultrasound probe and ultrasound endoscope (Patent ID: US20240057974A1)

The patent filed by Olympus Corp. describes an ultrasound probe that includes an ultrasound transducer with piezoelectric elements, an acoustic lens layer, a back layer, and a wiring member. The wiring member consists of a resin layer with electrically insulating properties and an electrically conducting layer with multiple signal wirings. The wiring member is positioned between the acoustic lens layer and the ultrasound transducer or facing the ultrasound transducer with the back layer in between.

The claims of the patent detail the specific components and configurations of the ultrasound probe, such as the fold on the distal end of the ultrasound transducer, the lengths of the first and second portions of the wiring member, and the arrangement of the electrically insulating resin layer and conducting layer. Additionally, the claims specify the positioning of the wiring member in relation to the back layer and ultrasound transducer, as well as the presence of an adhesive between certain portions of the probe. These claims highlight the unique design and functionality of the ultrasound probe developed by Olympus Corp.

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