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Ivoclar Vivadent reaches settlement agreement with Dentsply ending patent dispute

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Ivoclar Since October of last year, Ivoclar Vivadent has been engaged in patent infringement litigation in the United States and Germany against Dentsply International Inc., Dentsply Prosthetics U.S. LLC, and Degudent GmbH (“Dentsply”). These lawsuits filed by Ivoclar Vivadent sought to stop the sale and/or importation of certain lithium silicate dental blanks sold by Dentsply, and Ivoclar Vivadent was asserting that these Dentsply products infringed Ivoclar Vivadent patents. Today, Ivoclar Vivadent is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Dentsply to settle the dispute, under which Ivoclar Vivadent will dismiss any pending lawsuits against Dentsply in exchange for Dentsply executing a global patent license and settlement agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent. Ivoclar Vivadent considers its technology very valuable and will actively enforce its intellectual property rights against unauthorized use of its technology, particularly any patents it owns that cover lithium silicate technology and dental ceramics.

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About the Author: Dr Johanna Rosette Po is a graduate of the University of the East College of Dentistry. In 2004, she received her doctorate degree in molecular biology from Hokkaido University, specializing in cancer research. She continues to hold practice in Manila and teaches part-time at the Cranio-Facial Foundation of the Philippines and the University of the East.

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