3Shape Files Patent Complaint Against Align Technology

Dentistry Today


3Shape A/S has filed a complaint against Align Technology, asserting that Align Technology’s iTero Element intraoral scanner infringes four 3Shape patents related to focus scanning, color scanning, infrared imaging, and motion sensing.

3Shape filed the complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, seeking monetary damages as well as injunctive relief.

“3Shape TRIOS has been named the best intraoral scanner by the industry for eight years in a row. We invest heavily in our innovation, and 3Shape’s scanner technologies are unique and fundamental to its high ratings among doctors,” said Thomas Kirkbak, head of litigation at 3Shape.

“Therefore, we cannot allow competitors to copy our hard-earned technology breakthroughs or infringe our patents,” Kirkbak said.

3Shape previously has filed claims against Align in the District Court of Delaware to address Align’s infringement of 3Shape patents, 24 petitions for inter partes reviews with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to address the invalidity of a number of Align patents, and an antitrust lawsuit in the District Court of Delaware to address Align’s abuse of monopoly power, 3Shape said.

Meanwhile, Align Technology has filed lawsuits against 3Shape alleging infringement of more than 30 of its patents, including allegations that 3Shape’s Trios 4 and other intraoral scanners infringe Align’s patents.

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