3M Unitek, doing business as TOP-Service fuer Lingulatechnik GmbH, and
3M Deutschland GmbH, announced today that they have served Guangzhou
Riton Biomaterial Co., Ltd. (Riton) with a lawsuit alleging infringement
of 3M’s patent related to lingual orthodontic braces.
3M’s European Patent 1474064, “Modular System for Customized Orthodontic
Appliances” covers 3M™ Unitek™ Incognito™ Lingual Braces. Incognito
lingual braces address the demand for effective and invisible
orthodontic solutions. Unlike conventional braces, the Incognito system
is bonded to the tongue side of teeth.
3M is alleging infringement against Riton’s e-Brace™ lingual bracket
system and requesting that the court stop Riton from infringing 3M’s
patent and award damages. 3M continues to invest in extensive research
and new laboratory methods to improve orthodontic solutions for patients
and is committed to protecting its intellectual property and patent
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