ITC Nixes Invisalign IP Enforcement Action

Law360, New York (January 7, 2013, 7:36 PM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday rejected claims by Align Technology Inc., maker of the Invisalign teeth-straightening system, that a rival company had breached a previous patent settlement over the popular clear braces.

The commission's decision terminated an investigation into whether Houston-based ClearCorrect Operating LLC broke a 2006 promise not to import the braces, which are protected by two U.S. patents held by Align. ClearCorrect imports digital data sets that are used to domestically manufacture the devices, which Align claimed was a violation of the...
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