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10-K
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC filed this Form 10-K on 02/02/2018
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need to spend time and effort and we will incur large expenses in defending these attacks. We cannot be certain that we will prevail in infringement, invalidity or unenforceability claims against us. If plaintiffs in patent administrative proceedings are successful, our patent portfolio may be adversely affected. If plaintiffs in any patent action are successful, we may be enjoined from selling our products, we may have to pay substantial damages, including treble damages, or we may be required to obtain a license that requires us to pay substantial royalties. In addition, any public announcements related to litigation or administrative proceedings initiated or threatened against us could cause our stock price to decline.
OUR PRODUCTS RELY ON LICENSES FROM THIRD PARTIES, AND IF WE LOSE ACCESS TO THESE TECHNOLOGIES, OUR REVENUES COULD DECLINE.
We rely on technology that we license from others, including technology that is integral to our products. We have entered into license agreements with several industry partners. Any of these agreements may be terminated for breach. If any of these agreements are terminated, we may be unable to reacquire the necessary license on satisfactory terms, or at all. The loss or failure to maintain these licenses could prevent or delay further development or commercialization of our products, which may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.
RISKS RELATING TO OUR TRADING MARKETS
OUR FUTURE OPERATING RESULTS MAY BE BELOW SECURITIES ANALYSTS’ OR INVESTORS’ EXPECTATIONS, WHICH COULD CAUSE OUR STOCK PRICE TO DECLINE.
Due to the nascent nature of our industry, we have limited insight into trends that may emerge in our market and affect our business. The revenue and income potential of our market are unproven, and we may be unable to maintain or grow our revenue. Our products typically have lengthy sales cycles. In addition, our costs may be higher than we anticipated. If we fail to generate sufficient revenues or our costs are higher than we expect, our results of operations may be materially adversely affected. Further, future revenue from sales of our products is difficult to forecast because the market for new surgical technologies is still evolving. Our results of operations will depend upon numerous factors, including:
the extent to which our products achieve and maintain market acceptance;
actions relating to regulatory matters;
our timing and ability to develop our manufacturing and sales and marketing capabilities;
demand for our products;
the size and timing of particular sales and any collection delays related to those sales;
product quality and supply problems;
the progress of surgical training in the use of our products;
our ability to develop, introduce, and market new or enhanced versions of our products on a timely basis;
third-party payor reimbursement policies;
our ability to protect our proprietary rights and defend against third party challenges;
our ability to license additional intellectual property rights; and
the progress and results of clinical trials.
Our operating results in any particular period will not be a reliable indication of our future performance. It is possible that in future periods our operating results will be below the expectations of securities analysts or investors. If this occurs, the price of our common stock and the value of your investment will likely decline.
OUR STOCK PRICE HAS BEEN, AND WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO BE, VOLATILE.
The market price of our common stock has experienced fluctuations and may fluctuate significantly in the future. For example, during fiscal 2015, it reached a high of $185.73 and a low of $151.62; during fiscal 2016, it reached a high of $241.61 and a low of $169.09; and during fiscal 2017, it reached a high of $403.70 and a low of $209.83, in each case after giving effect to the three-for-one stock split of our issued and outstanding common stock in October 2017. Our stock price can fluctuate for a number of reasons, including:
announcements about us or our competitors;
variations in operating results and financial guidance;
introduction or abandonment of new technologies or products;
regulatory approvals and enforcement actions;
changes in product pricing policies;
changes in earnings estimates by analysts;

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