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Surgical Robotics and the Attack of the Patent Trolls

Even when they are terrifying, like in Terminator films, robots are cool. That’s especially true about the burgeoning field of surgical robotics. While we are not yet at the Empire Strikes Back moment when robots replace Luke Skywalker’s hand after Darth Vader sheers it off, we are getting close. These new surgical robots are creating a surge of intellectual property advancements and improving patient outcomes. Like Terminator or Darth Vader though, patent trolls and patent privateers threaten the surgical robotics industry’s vitality and growth.

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