Saturday, June 27, 2009

Align Technology Announces Jury Verdict in Patent Litigation With Ormco Corporation

For those of you who are reading and commenting on my Invisalign post of a couple of weeks ago, here is more info to read and digest. Invisalign, it seems, may need to be generating as much revenue as possible due to impending judegements from the lawsuit they just lost. Read on for all the details. A tip 'o the electron to Financial 24 for the story.


Align Technology, Inc. today announced that a jury delivered a verdict against Align in a lawsuit brought by Ormco Corporation against Align Technology, Inc .
in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California .
Ormco alleged that Align infringed claims of Ormco's 6,616,444 patent .
Align claimed non-infringement, invalidity, as well as unenforceability of the patent. The jury found the claims asserted by Ormco in the 6,616,444 patent to be infringed and valid .
The jury also issued an advisory verdict that Ormco did not engage in prosecution laches or unclean hands, equitable defenses that the Court will rule on at a later date .
The jury only determined liability; any monetary damages will be determined in a later trial .
The verdict does not currently preclude Align from selling its Invisalign System. Align believes the facts and the law do not support the jury's findings of infringement and validity and will seek to overturn the verdict in post-trial motions with the District Court .
If the District Court does not grant Align's motions, Align intends to vigorously challenge the verdict through an appeal to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. About Align Technology, Inc. Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth .
Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position .
Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitations associated with braces .
Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and teens .
Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998 .
Today, the Invisalign product family includes Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express, and Vivera Retainers. To learn more about Invisalign or to find a certified Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit http://www.invisalign.com/ or call 1-800-INVISIBLE.
Investor Relations Contact Press Contact Shirley Stacy Shannon Mangum Henderson Align Technology, Inc .

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