EX-5.1 4 ex51opinionoflathamwatkins.htm EXHIBIT 5.1 Ex 5.1 Opinion of Latham & Watkins LLP (2)
Exhibit 5.1
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May 1, 2015

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
1020 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Registration Statement on Form S-8: 1,700,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share

Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have acted as special counsel to Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the registration of 1,700,000 shares of common stock of the Company, par value $0.001 per share (the “Shares”), consisting of (i) 1,400,000 shares issuable under the 2010 Incentive Award Plan (the “2010 Plan”), and (ii) 300,000 shares issuable under the 2009 Employment Commencement Incentive Plan (together with the 2010 Plan, the “Plans”), under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-8 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on the date hereof (the “Registration Statement”). This opinion is being furnished in connection with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Act, and no opinion is expressed herein as to any matter pertaining to the contents of the Registration Statement or related Prospectuses, other than as expressly stated herein with respect to the issue of the Shares.
As such counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have considered appropriate for purposes of this letter. With your consent, we have relied upon certificates and other assurances of officers of the Company and others as to factual matters without having independently verified such factual matters.
We are opining herein only as to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, and we express no opinion with respect to any other laws. Subject to the foregoing and the other matters set forth herein, it is our opinion that, as of the date hereof, when the Shares shall have been duly registered on the books of the transfer agent and registrar therefor in the name or on behalf of the holders and have been issued by the Company against payment therefor (not less than par value) in the circumstances contemplated by the Plans, assuming in each case that the individual issuances, grants or awards under the Plans are duly authorized by all necessary corporate action and duly issued, granted or awarded and exercised in accordance with the requirements of law and the Plans (and the agreements and awards duly adopted thereunder and in accordance therewith), the issue and sale of the Shares will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company, and the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. In rendering the foregoing opinion, we have assumed that the Company will comply with all applicable notice

requirements regarding uncertificated shares in the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.
This opinion is for your benefit in connection with the Registration Statement and may be relied upon by you and by persons entitled to rely upon it pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Act. We consent to your filing this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Latham & Watkins LLP