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Agency to Investigate Dentsply Complaint

Posted by dentalinsider on July 19, 2007

Trade Agency to Investigate Dentsply Patent Complaint Against U.S., French Companies WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency said Thursday it will investigate a complaint by dental products maker Dentsply International Inc. that two companies, one based in the United States and the other in France, are violating two of its patents on instruments used in root canals.

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Dentsply has requested it bar the import and sale of the instruments.

The ITC is an independent federal agency that performs economic research on trade agreements and investigates unfair trade practices. The agency can bar imports of products that infringe U.S. patents and trademarks.

Dentsply has accused Albuquerque, N.M.-based Guidance Endodontics LLC and a French company, Micro Mega International Manufacturers, of infringing on its patents.

A Guidance employee reached by phone said the company’s spokesman was unavailable for comment.

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