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A German court has ruled the marketing, sale and commercial use of the Medit i500 intra-oral scanner in its current version in Germany illegal. (Image: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)

3Shape wins patent infringement lawsuit against Medit

By Dental Tribune International
January 16, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Last year, 3Shape filed a patent infringement suit against Medit Corp., a South Korean company that specialises in 3D measurement and CAD/CAM solutions for dental clinics and laboratories. Now, 3Shape has announced that it has obtained a favourable first instance decision from the internationally highly esteemed Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, according to which the use of Medit’s intra-oral scanner, Medit i500, is now illegal in Germany.

On 9 January, the court ruled that Medit’s i500 intra-oral scanner violates 3Shape’s European patent no. 2568870B1 regarding its hole-closing technology. Since the scanner infringes the patent in question, the marketing, sale and commercial use of the scanner in its current version is now illegal in Germany.

“We invest heavily in our innovative technologies and over a third of our employees work in R & D functions. 3Shape’s scanning technologies are unique and fundamental to the TRIOS scanner’s high ratings among doctors. Therefore, we cannot allow competitors to copy our hard-earned technology breakthroughs or infringe our patents,” said Tais Clausen, 3Shape co-founder and co-CEO.

The same patent has been issued in Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, in addition to Germany.

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