Align Technology Ranks Among the Top 300 Global Organizations Awarded U.S. Patents in 2023

Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN), a leading global medical device company specializing in the design, manufacturing, and sale of the Invisalign® system of clear aligners, iTero™ intraoral scanners, and exocad™ CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry, proudly announces its inaugural inclusion in the Intellectual Property Owners Association annual report, securing position #270 among the top 300 organizations granted U.S. patents in 2023. This achievement reflects a remarkable 36% increase with 158 U.S. patents granted, marking Align Technology’s first-time recognition in this prestigious ranking.

We take pride in being recognized among the leading global organizations that drive innovation through impactful research in their respective fields,” stated Julie Coletti, Align’s Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer. “Our commitment to developing customer-centric solutions remains at the core of Align’s mission to transform smiles and positively impact lives. Through dedicated research and development initiatives focused on the needs of patients, we continuously introduce groundbreaking products that instill trust among healthcare professionals and their patients.”

The patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office encompass advancements in orthodontics and digital dentistry, covering technologies that redefine the landscape. Noteworthy breakthroughs include:

iTero™ Lumina Intraoral Scanner:

  • Introducing the next generation of digital scanning technology, the iTero Lumina intraoral scanner surpasses previous standards. Leveraging proprietary iTero Multi-Direct Capture™ technology, it provides a 3x wider field of capture, high accuracy, and a maximum capture distance of 25 mm. This scanner offers a photorealistic scanning experience, facilitating high-quality clinical decisions and ensuring a smooth process for users and patients. With advanced software, it enables effortless, uninterrupted, and flexible scanning at twice the speed in a 50% smaller wand, enhancing comfort for adults, kids, and teens. The iTero Lumina intraoral scanner is available in both cart and mobile configurations on the iTero Plus Series platform.

Invisalign® Palatal Expanders:

  • Align introduces its first direct 3D printed orthodontic device, revolutionizing palatal expanders. This device offers a safe, comfortable, and clinically effective alternative to traditional expanders, eliminating the need for manual daily adjustments.

“Align’s commitment to research and development, with an investment of approximately $2B over nearly 27 years, has propelled digital dentistry forward,” said Srini Kaza, Align’s Senior Vice President, Product Research & Development. “Our team’s dedication to transformative innovations in 3D computer modeling, material science, and biomechanics has played a crucial role in advancing the industry. Recognition as a top patent producer underscores our investment in next-generation devices and technology that meet the evolving needs of our doctor customers and their patients.

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