By Eric Schweibenz
On March 30, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Models, Digital Data, And Treatment Plans For Use In Making Incremental Dental Positioning Adjustment Appliances, The Appliances Made Therefrom, and Methods Of Making The Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-833).

The investigation is based on a March 1, 2012 complaint filed by Align Technology, Inc. of San Jose, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain digital models, digital data, or treatment plans for use in making incremental dental positioning adjustment appliances that infringe—or are made, produced, or processed by means of a process that infringes—one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,217,325, 6,705,863, 6,626,666, 8,070,487, 6,471,511, 6,722,880, and 7,134,874.  See our March 2, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd. of Pakistan and ClearCorrect Operating, LLC of Houston, Texas as the respondents in this investigation.

Additionally, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Robert K. Rogers, Jr. will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.