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3Shape responds to Align Technology Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Copenhagen, November 15, 2017 – We have today read the news of Align Technology’s lawsuits against 3Shape in the USA. The said lawsuit and infringement claims are completely unfounded and without merit. 3Shape will vigorously defend itself against such claims.

For 3Shape, innovation has been the driving force of our company since we started seventeen years ago in a one-room apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark. We have been selling dental scanners since 2005 and the patented TRIOS intraoral scanning technologies since 2011. Because we’re innovators, we have the utmost respect for others’ patents and intellectual property. After all, it is our ability to create exciting new technologies that has made 3Shape a leader in the industry. This is supported by our more than 80 patent families. It is also backed by 3Shape becoming the choice of doctors and lab technicians around the world and our receiving numerous technology awards.

3Shape continually engages other companies to work together to expand our open ecosystem of solutions for digital dentistry. We integrate with a wide range of great clear aligner systems, bracket manufacturers, implant systems, milling machines, 3D printers and scanners. We do not believe in limiting dental professionals to a single treatment option, workflow, or business model. A significant number of Align’s core patents expired earlier this year, and 3Shape is looking forward to increased competition within clear aligners for the benefit of doctors and their patients.

As a message to our customers and the industry around the world, 3Shape will continue doing what we’ve always done: Develop exciting and innovative solutions to improve patient care. 3Shape will continue to offer our solutions globally for the benefit of labs, dentists and patients.

3Shape looks forward to meeting dental professionals at the Greater New York Dental Meeting 2017.