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Align Technology Settles Patent Litigation With Ormco

Align Technology, Inc. (Align Technology) has reached a settlement with Ormco Corporation (Ormco), a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, to end all pending litigation between the parties and to begin a new strategic collaboration. Under the settlement deal, Align will make a cash payment of about $13 million to Ormco and issue about 7.6 million shares of common stock to Danaher Corporation.

Align and Ormco have also agreed upon an exclusive collaboration over the next seven years to develop and market an orthodontic product that combines the Invisalign system with Ormco’s Insignia orthodontic brackets and arch wires system to treat the most complex cases. Each party will retain ownership of its pre-existing intellectual property, and each party will be granted intellectual property licenses in their respective field for jointly-developed combination products.

We are pleased to resolve this ongoing litigation with Ormco and to begin a new relationship that meets our shared goals of providing innovative products and excellent service to our orthodontic customers, said Thomas M. Prescott, Align Technology president and chief executive officer. This collaboration with Ormco, a fellow innovator in digital orthodontics, gives us the ability to compete for a segment of the market that is difficult to treat with Invisalign alone, and accelerates our long-term plan for a combination product.

As Per the terms of the agreement, Ormco and Align have requested that judgment be entered on the claims resolved by the jury and all remaining claims in the litigation between the two parties be dismissed with prejudice. Additionally, as part of the settlement agreement, Ormco has agreed to release all past claims asserted by Ormco against Align based upon the ‘444 patent and has agreed not to sue Align for any claim of infringement based upon the ‘444 patent as a result of Align’s relating to removable aligners.

Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets the Invisalign system for treating the misalignment of teeth.