Microbot Medical receives patent for ViRob from the European Patent Office
Microbot Medical received a notification from the European Patent Office that it will grant a patent for an application which covers the company's ViRob technology platform. Including this latest notification, the company has 30 issued/allowed patents and 18 patent applications pending worldwide. The allowed application covers an autonomous vibration-driven device for motion relative to a juxtaposed surface, such as an inner wall of a lumen. The device includes a body and an array of fibers attached thereto, with at least some of the fibers maintaining contact with the juxtaposed surface and having anisotropic surface friction therewith, such that mutual vibratory motion between the device and the juxtaposed surface causes the device to move along the surface.