Align Technology Files Four Patent Infringement Complaints Against 3Shape Over Intraoral Scanner Technology

November 15, 2017 – Align Technology, Inc. filed four complaints for patent infringement against 3Shape A/S and 3Shape Inc. on November 14, 2017 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.  The lawsuits relate to 3Shape’s allegedly infringing TRIOS and TRIOS 3 scanners, as well as other intraoral scanning devices, digital models, and digital data and dental system software products for dental and orthodontic applications.

The patents at issue in the first complaint are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,112,065, entitled “Method for Defining a Finish Line of a Dental Prosthesis,” 8,454,364, 8,845,330, and 9,427,916 entitled “Method for Preparing a Physical Plaster Mode,” 9,299,192 entitled “Methods and Systems for Creating and Interacting with Three Dimensional Virtual Models,” 9,451,873 entitled “Automatic Selection and Locking of Intraoral Images,” and 9,510,757 entitled “Identification of Areas of Interest During Intraoral Scans.” The case is captioned Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S et al., 1-17-cv-01646, and was filed in the District of Delaware.

The patents at issue in the second complaint are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,227,850 entitled “Teeth Viewing System,” 8,545,221, 8,092,215, and 9,566,132 entitled “Smile Designer,” and 7,056,115 and 8,734,149 entitled “Systems and Methods for Fabricating a Dental Template.” The case is captioned Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S et al., 1-17-cv-01647, and was filed in the District of Delaware.

The patents at issue in the third complaint are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,334,853 entitled “Method for Obtaining a Dental Occlusion Map,” 7,092,107, 8,638,447, 8,638,448, and 9,615,901, entitled “Method and Apparatus for Imaging Three-Dimensional Structure,” and 6,845,175 entitled “Dental Image Processing Method and System.” The case is captioned Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S et al., and was filed in the District of Delaware.

The patents at issue in the fourth complaint are U.S. Patent Nos. 6514074 entitled “Digitally Modeling the deformation of gingival,” 6,685,470 and 6,948,931 entitled “Digitally Modeling the Deformation of Gingival Tissue During Orthodontic Treatment,” and 8,363,228, 8,451,456, 8,675,207, and 9,101,433 entitled “Method and Apparatus for Colour Imaging a Three-Dimensional Structure.” The case is captioned Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S et al., 1-17-cv-01649, and was filed in the District of Delaware.

By: Julian G. Pymento