Titan Medical Inc. (TMD.TO) (TMDI) (“Titan” or the “Company”), a medical device company focused on the design and development of a robotic surgical system for application in minimally invasive surgery (“MIS”), announces that its global intellectual property portfolio has increased to 30 issued patents and 75 pending applications through the recent granting and filing of patent applications directed at aspects of its innovative robotic surgery program. Included in the recent patent grants is the Company’s first patent in China titled “Articulated Tool Positioner and System Employing Same,” for which the Company announced a notice of allowance in December 2018
The recently granted Chinese patent describes the smooth and continuously curved articulation of a robotic instrument to position and orient an end-effector in multiple degrees of freedom. The continuous curve architecture was designed to provide several advantages, including facilitating a central lumen that extends through the instrument to enable an independent roll of the end-effector, and providing for a multitude of end-effectors and advanced tools. Corresponding patents have been granted in Europe, Canada and Japan, and further applications are pending in several countries including the U.S.
“The continued expansion of our intellectual property portfolio further strengthens Titan’s position as an innovative leader in single-port robotic surgery technology,” commented David McNally, President and CEO of Titan Medical. “I commend Jasminder Brar, our Director of Strategic Development and Intellectual Property, on formulating and leading the successful execution of our IP strategy to enable Titan to protect its intellectual property in major markets around the world.
“While our initial focus for commercialization is the U.S., we remain committed to protecting our intellectual property in major markets to secure the long-term potential of the global surgical robotics opportunity for Titan or any commercial partners. We believe our system offers advanced technology in single-port robotic surgery, which could ultimately play a substantial role in expanding robotic surgery with the goal of improving patient outcomes,” he added.
About Titan Medical Inc.
Titan Medical Inc. is focused on computer-assisted robotic surgical technologies for application in minimally invasive surgery. The Company is developing the SPORT Surgical System, a single-port robotic surgical system comprised of a surgeon-controlled patient cart that includes a 3D high-definition vision system and multi-articulating instruments for performing MIS procedures, and a surgeon workstation that provides an advanced ergonomic interface to the patient cart and a 3D endoscopic view inside the patient’s body. Titan intends initially to pursue focused surgical indications for the SPORT Surgical System, which may include one or more of gynecologic, urologic, colorectal or general abdominal procedures.
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