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3M Unitek Enforces Patent Rights Against Orthodontic Braces Manufacturer Guangzhou Riton in Germany

Friday, June 29, 2012 5:29 am CDT

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ST. PAUL, Minn. & FRANKFURT, Germany

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ST. PAUL, Minn. & FRANKFURT, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 portfolio.

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