3M Unitek and Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Settle Patent Infringement Litigation

  3M Unitek and Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Settle Patent Infringement
  Litigation

Business Wire

MONROVIA, Calif. -- May 07, 2013

3M Unitek announced today it has successfully resolved U.S. and French patent
lawsuits related to sales by RMO, Inc. (doing business as Rocky Mountain
Orthodontics) of customized lingual orthodontic brackets and appliances
manufactured by Lingualjet Orthodontics. The patent litigation was settled in
favor of 3M with a U.S. consent judgment and a judicially recognized
settlement in France, each acknowledging the validity of the patents-in-suit
for 3M^™ Unitek^™ Incognito^™ Lingual Braces and infringement thereof by the
Lingualjet product.

For the life of the 3M patents, RMO will cease and permanently refrain from
making (or having made), using, importing, offering for sale or selling
anywhere the Lingualjet product and any other products or systems that would
infringe any of the patents-in-suit.

"We are pleased the U.S. court entered judgment finding our patent rights on
lingual braces to be valid, enforceable and infringed, and that with the
judgment, RMO has acknowledged our patent rights, and has agreed to cease any
further infringement for the life of the patents. We look forward to
continuing to bring innovation in orthodontics to our customers," said Mary Jo
Abler, President, 3M Unitek.

Incognito lingual braces address the demand for effective and invisible
orthodontic solutions. Placed on the backside of teeth, the Incognito™
Appliance System has been adopted to date by thousands of certified doctors
across 75 countries, due to its ability to deliver fully customized treatment
and a more precise finish than is delivered by traditional lingual systems. At
the same time, patients typically cite improved self-confidence relatively
early in treatment. More than 100,000 patients have benefited from Incognito
appliance system treatment.

About 3M Health Care

3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical, oral care, drug delivery, food
safety and health information markets. We have an unparalleled ability to
connect people, insights, science and technology to think beyond today, solve
problems, and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration
empowers us to discover and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable
our customers to protect and improve the health of people around the
world.Learn more at 3M Health Care.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

3M, Incognito, and Unitek are trademarks of 3M.

Contact:

3M
Mary Kokkinen, 651-733-8806
mckokkinen@mmm.com
or
Fleishman-Hillard
Heather Sheriff, 612-573-3105
heather.sheriff@fleishman.com
 
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