Align Declares Victory In Orthodontic Patent Case

Law360 (August 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court panel has, for the most part, upheld a lower court ruling that four Ormco Corp. patents were invalid and therefore not infringed by rival orthodontic maker Align Technology Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed Friday that 86 out of 92 claims in the patents were invalid and not infringed by Align's Invisalign clear orthodontic braces. It did, however, remand the remaining six claims to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for further proceedings regarding validity and infringement.

"We conclude that all of the asserted claims of the Ormco...

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