EnvisionTEC Sues Competitor For Patent Infringement

DEARBORN — The 3D printing manufacturer EnvisionTEC says it has sued Somerville, Mass.-based Formlabs for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

In the complaint, EnvisionTEC asserts that Formlabs’ 3D printers infringe upon two patents held by EnvisionTEC.

EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani offered the following statement about the company’s decision to pursue this action:

“EnvisionTEC has been inventing, developing, manufacturing and selling 3D printers, materials and other related technologies and services for nearly 15 years,” Al Siblani, the company’s president, said in a statement. “Today, we hold numerous patents around the world covering a variety of our 3D printing products, methods and more. This intellectual property was researched and developed over many years by our innovative team of professionals and is invaluable to our business serving a variety of medical, professional and industrial markets around the world. We are committed to aggressively protecting our intellectual property in accordance with the laws of the countries in which we operate.”

EnvisionTEC’s complaint seeks injunctive relief prohibiting Formlabs from continued infringement as well as monetary damages for past and current infringement.

Formlabs has not yet commented on the suit.

Founded in 2002, EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 printers based on six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design files. The company’s premium 3D printers serve a wide variety of medical, professional and industrial markets. EnvisionTEC’s intellectual property includes more than 100 pending and granted patents and 70 proprietary materials. Learn more at EnvisionTEC.com.

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