By Christopher Yasiejko - Bloomberg News
August 28, 2018
FROM THE ARTICLE: Align Technologies is “using its dominant position to stifle competition and crush rivals” and startups, 3Shape said in the lawsuit filed Aug. 28 in Wilmington, Del., federal court.
Officials at Align didn’t immediately respond to queries seeking comment on the lawsuit.
August 28, 2018. Press Release on Business Wire. 3Shape has filed a lawsuit against Align Technology for alleged abuse of monopoly power in the dental scanner and clear aligner markets.
In late December 2017, Align canceled its interoperability contract with 3Shape and no longer accepted new scans for Invisalign treatment because of a patent infringement lawsuit filed against 3Shape. The latter continues to vigorously defend itself, and recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Align Technology. This legal battle highlights the tremendous value of technology patents and mirrors the fights among large consumer electronics companies.
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3Shape believes that cooperation and openness are the true drivers of innovation in the dental marketplace. But we can’t stand by while our intellectual property is infringed by competitors, especially those who take aggressive action against dentists who use our TRIOS scanners.
3Shape recently filed a lawsuit alleging Align Technology's iTero Elements intraoral scanner infringes a major 3Shape patents on color capture. Our color recording technology is key part of our technology that helps to drive TRIOS heritage for innovation and superior scanning.
Protecting this patent will help ensure that dentists can continue to rely on TRIOS scanners for the most accurate scans and the best scanning experience.