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Issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9,402,533 to EndoChoice Innovation Center, Ltd.
02 Aug, 2016
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On August 02, 2016 , the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 9,402,533 to EndoChoice Innovation Center, Ltd. , which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.

The '533 patent  is directed towards  a circuit board assembly for a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope comprising a camera circuit board configured to carry at least one front-pointing camera and at least one side-pointing camera, a flexible illuminator circuit board comprising at least one foldable panel and configured to carry at least one front illuminator for essentially illuminating the field of view (FOV) of the front-pointing camera and at least one side illuminator for essentially illuminating the FOV of the side-pointing camera.

Independent Claim 1 describes " An electronic assembly for a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the assembly comprising: a front-pointing camera facing a first direction; a first side-pointing camera facing a second direction; a second side-pointing camera facing a third direction, wherein the second direction is opposite the third direction and wherein the second and third directions are substantially perpendicular to the first direction; a camera circuit board configured to communicate with the front-pointing camera, first side-pointing camera, and second side-pointing camera; and a flexible illuminator circuit board comprising a first section comprising a first plurality of flexible panels; a second section comprising a second plurality of flexible panels; a third section that is attached to the first and second sections, wherein, in a first configuration, the first section, second section and third section define a first plane; a first illuminator mounted on the third section; a second illuminator mounted on one of said first plurality of flexible panels; a third illuminator mounted on one of said second plurality of flexible panels wherein, upon said flexible illuminator circuit board being folded into a second, operative configuration, the first illuminator is positioned adjacent to the front-pointing camera and defines a second plane orthogonal to the first plane, the second illuminator is positioned adjacent to the first side-pointing camera and defines a third plane orthogonal to the first plane, and the third illuminator is positioned adjacent to the second side-pointing camera and defines a fourth plane orthogonal to the first plane, and wherein said second, third and fourth planes are different. "