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January 14, 2014
08:44 EDTMMM, ALGNAlign Technology announces Invisalign interoperability with 3M True Definition
Align Technology (ALGN) and 3M ESPE (MMM) announced that Align Technology has qualified the 3M True Definition scanner for use with Invisalign case submissions, which requires an intraoral scanner that can readily capture an accurate full arch digital impression. This qualification will now enable Invisalign providers with a True Definition scanner to submit a digital impression in place of a traditional PVS impression as part of the Invisalign case submission process. The 3M True Definition scanner is the only third-party scanner that has been qualified for use with Invisalign treatment. Align's own iTero scanner was qualified for Invisalign case submission in December 2011. Align supports an open systems approach to digital impressions and continues to work with intraoral scanning companies interested in developing interoperability for use with Invisalign treatment.
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June 26, 2015
08:57 EDTALGNClearCorrect says granted request for fourth Align patent reexam, Bloomberg says
A ClearCorrect spokeswoman stated to Bloomberg via e-mail that the company was granted a fourth request for reexamination of an Align Technology patent yesterday by the USPTO, the news service reported. An Align Technology spokeswoman remarked that the grant for fourth reexamination was “not unexpected” and said the patent was previously found to be valid during an ITC investigation, the report added.
June 25, 2015
17:00 EDTMMM3M files patent infringement lawsuit in Germany for dental ceramic technology
3M has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Düsseldorf, Germany, against Zirkonzahn Deutschland GmbH located in Neuler, Germany, and Zirkonzahn SRL located in Gais, South Tyrol, Italy. The lawsuit alleges infringement of 3M’s European Patent No. 1 154 969 B2 by using Zirkonzahn’s instructions for sintering of Zirkonzahn’s zirconia blocks. 3M’s patented technology enables dimensionally precise sintering of dental ceramics.
June 23, 2015
09:03 EDTMMM3M to buy Capital Safety from KKR in deal valued at $2.5B
3M (MMM) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Capital Safety from KKR (KKR) for a total enterprise value of $2.5B, including the assumption of approximately $700M of debt, net of cash acquired. The business employs approximately 1,500 people worldwide and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. On a GAAP reported basis, 3M estimates the acquisition to be 4c dilutive to earnings in the first 12 months following completion of the transaction. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments and anticipated one-time expenses related to the transaction and integration, 3M estimates the acquisition to be 12c accretive to earnings over the same period. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. 3M will finance the transaction with existing cash, a portion of which will come from outside the U.S.
June 22, 2015
14:31 EDTMMM3M files patent infringement suit in Korea against LMS Co. Ltd.
3M Innovative Properties Co. and 3M Korea Ltd. filed a patent infringement lawsuit on June 19 in the Seoul Central District Court against LMS Co. Ltd. The suit alleges that certain LMS Co. Ltd. light management film package products, including a light management film package product sold under the product name of “XLAS,” infringe 3M’s Korean Patent No. 1,074,570 titled "Method for Stacking Surface Structured Optical Films." 3M’s microreplicated stacked prism films, including 3M Advanced Structured Optical Composites (ASOC), are integrated into LCD displays. The prism films direct light to enable a thinner and more energy-efficient electronic display.

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