Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bizarre patent case involves dental data; federal circuit rules progressively


In a bizarre and obscure but important patent case, the Federal Circuit in Washington DC has ruled that the International Trade Commission cannot regulate the importation of “data” under patent law.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation article by Vera Ranieri is here.  The case is interesting to me personally because it involved “dental data” which might be related to the placement of implants.  My own recent treatment in 2013 involved use of a company in Belgium to deliver the digital templates to the surgeon.

The case was “International Trade Commission” v. “Align Technology”.  Much of the issues concerned whether dental data constitutes “articles” under a 1920s law.

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