Align Technology Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Align Technology has a total of 3108 patents globally, out of which 1866 have been granted. Of these 3108 patents, more than 72% patents are active. The USA is where Align Technology has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe (EPO) and China. Parallelly, the USA seems to be the main focused R&D centre of Align Technology.

Align Technology was founded in the year 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth. The company designs, manufactures, and markets the invisalign system for treating malocclusion or the misalignment of teeth.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of Align Technology which have been covered by us in this report and also you can find Align Technology patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Align Technology patent portfolio.

How many patents does Align Technology have?

Align Technology has a total of 3108 patents globally. These patents belong to 645 unique patent families. Out of 3108 patents, 2243 patents are active.

How many patent applications did Align Technology file every year?

Align Technology Patent Filing Trend

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantAlign Technology Applications FiledAlign Technology Patents Granted
2022203232
2021218252
2020263204
2019269160
2018202105
2017172122
201620094
201525551
20147955
20139052
20126757
20116470

How many Align Technology Patents are Alive/Dead?

Align Technology Patent Portfolio

What is the Count of Align Technology Patents in Different Countries?

Align Technology Worldwide Patent Filing

Where are Research Centres of Align Technology Patents Located?

R&D Centres of Align Technology

What Technologies are covered by Align Technology Patents?

Technology Area of Align Technology

Align Technology creates and adopts a wide range of technological innovations which can be clearly seen in the patents filed by them.

Dental aligners, also known as clear aligners, are orthodontic devices used to straighten teeth and correct misalignments without the need for traditional braces. They are transparent, removable, custom-made trays that are typically made of a clear plastic material. 

The patent covered under this category include “Aligners with enhanced gable bends“which talks about the method for creating an Aligner to treat a patient’s teeth. The earlier orthodontic techniques and tools, such as braces, retainers, etc., to shift teeth, may not have been perfect in all cases. That called for the necessity for better orthodontic appliances which is described in the patent. The other patents covered under this are “Method to visualize and manufacture aligner by modifying tooth position” etc.

The patents under “Digital Dentistry” include Intraoral Scanners, Training machine learning models to perform aligner damage prediction, augmented reality enhancements for dental practitioners among many.

“Dental Tools” cover patents like “Dental arch width measurement tool”, “Surgical Dental Appliance” etc.

Among the patents which were filed 2022 onwards, the areas of technology that have been covered by Align Technology are mostly related to Aligners, Digital Dentistry and & Impression Tray.

The chart below distributes patents filed by Align Technology in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where Align Technology thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

Technology Protected in different countries by Align Technology

R&D Focus: How Align Technology’s Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Align's Technology through the years

10 Best Align Technology Patents

US6572372B1 is the most popular patent in the Align Technology portfolio. It has received 601 citations so far from company like 3M Innovations.

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6572372B1601
US6524101B1565
US6705863B2551
US6450807B1523
US6554611B2510
US6398548B1510
US6542249B1459
US6629840B2437
US6722880B2407
US6830450B2372

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Align Technology patents?

The statistics below share strategic R&D insights. It tells the companies that were trying to protect inventions similar to Align Technology invention. They couldn’t because Align Technology had protected those before them.

Examiners at the USPTO used 393 Align Technology patents in 1976 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Align Technology patent portfolio are 3M Innovative Properties Company, 3Shape and Orametrix Inc.

List of the Companies who’s Patents were rejected citing Align Technology –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Align Technology PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
3M Innovative Properties Company41102
3Shape3181
Orametrix Inc2585
Ormco Corporation1968
Hps Investment Partners Llc1887
Dental Monitoring1555
Ivoclar Vivadent1435
Ulab Systems Inc1380
Dentsply Sirona1237
IBM1121

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Align Technology Patents

Blocked Patent Applications by Align Technology

Top Align Technology Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8771149B222
US20060275736A115
US10888399B213
US7698068B213
US7481647B212
US8024198B211
US6542249B111
US7333874B210
US7319529B210
US8496474B210
US10695150B29
US6697164B19
US10470847B28
US6524101B18
US7536234B28

What Percentage of Align Technology US Patent Applications were Granted?

Align Technology (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 984 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 639 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 90.9%.

Below are the key stats of Align Technology patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Granted US Patents of Align Technology

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Align Technology?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Shay Glenn Llp27899.44%
Align Technology Inc22795.11%
Lowenstein Sandler Llp18599.14%
Townsend And Townsend And Crew5691.07%
Nath Goldberg & Meyer4393.02%
Fisherbroyles Llp38100.00%
Wagner Blecher Llp3046.67%
Fortem Ip Llp2588.89%
Klein O Neill & Singh Llp20100.00%
Paul Hastings Llp180.00%

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