A lot goes into 10 years in business...

ClearCorrect began as a little family business in Dr. Pumphrey’s office to service his patients. Now, after 10 years, we have over 20,000 providers globally.

We didn't do it alone—we want to thank all our doctors who have been with us through thick and thin. It’s through your support that we’ve come this far and we’re proud to be on your team.

We made a little video to celebrate our journey and to take a look at what the next ten years may hold.

Happy holidays!

Case Study: Clear Aligner Therapy with ClearCorrect and CEREC

CEREC and ClearCorrect

Dr. Matthew Parker discusses how he pairs ClearCorrect and CEREC to improve his workflow and efficiency with clear aligners.

Continue on to Dental Products Report to learn more about Dr. Parker’s process and results.

 

Dr. Matthew ParkerDr. Matthew Parker loves dentistry. He is committed to providing the same level of care to each patient that he would to a member of his own family. He enjoys attending continuing education courses and is always looking for new ways to improve the quality of the dental work he provides.

Dr. Parker is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Association of Endodontists, and the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Parker is enthusiastic about technology and what those advances have done for dentistry. He continually seeks to stay abreast of the new topics in dentistry and is passionate about discussing the best treatment options for his patients.

Dr. Parker also serves as a mentor for cerecdoctors.com. In this role he helps educate other dentists about CEREC technology and its applications. Dr. Parker loves digital dentistry and is always excited to discuss this and learn with others.

Find out more about Dr. Parker and his practice at www.arizonafamilydental.com

We're doing the holiday giveaway, again!

     Santa’s coming early this year…                  
 

To celebrate and express our appreciation for all our great providers, we’ll be giving away some awesome prizes every weekday from November 21 through December 30.

Every weekday, we’ll be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card, selecting a provider randomly from all of the treatment setups that have been approved since the last gift card drawing.

Every Friday, we’ll also give away an even bigger prize, selecting a provider randomly from all of the treatment setups that have been approved since November 19, 2016.

Here’s the lineup of prizes:

We hope you enjoy the rest of 2016! Until next time…

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Void where prohibited by law. This contest is open only to registered ClearCorrect providers residing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. This promotion includes two categories of prizes:

  1. A random drawing for one of thirty $100 Amazon.com gift cards (value $100 each) will be held each weekday between November 21, 2016 and December 30, 2016. The winner for each of these drawings will be selected from the pool of all treatment setups for new Limited 6, Limited 12, and Unlimited cases that have been approved since the last gift card drawing. (For the first drawing on November 21, 2016, winners will be selected from the pool of all treatment setups for new Limited 6, Limited 12, and Unlimited cases that have been approved since November 19, 2016.)
  2. A random drawing for one of six grand prizes will be held each Friday between November 25, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The winner for each of these drawings will be selected from the pool of all treatment setups for new Limited 6, Limited 12, and Unlimited cases that have been approved since November 19, 2016. Grand prizes include: a YETI Tundra 250 Cooler (value $899.99); a GoPro HERO5 Black camera (value $499.99); an Apple Watch 2 - 38mm (value $1049); a 256 GB iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Wi-Fi (value $999); a 256 GB iPhone 7 Plus (value $969); and a Samsung 65" 4K UHD TV (value $1,399.99).

Potential winners will be notified by phone or e-mail. Recipient is responsible for any applicable taxes or fees. At ClearCorrect's discretion, prizes may be substituted for a gift card or alternate prize of similar value. No purchase necessary to win. Contact info@clearcorrect.com for details. Employees of ClearCorrect and their family members are ineligible for this promotion. By participating, contestant releases ClearCorrect, LLC and their directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injury, death, loss, tax liability or damage of any kind arising from contestant’s participation in this contest, or resulting from contestant's acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize. Use your professional judgment. Submit and approve cases only for patients whom you believe are likely to benefit from clear aligner therapy.


 

Another victory for ClearCorrect: No appeal for Align at the Supreme Court

ROUND ROCK, TX--(Marketwired - August 31, 2016) Last November, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit cleared ClearCorrect, LLC of any liability in the International Trade Commission (ITC)’s investigation relating to Align Technology’s claims of patent infringement. In March, the Court of Appeals denied the ITC and Align’s petitions for rehearing en banc. Now ClearCorrect is happy to announce that the ITC and Align have elected not to appeal that decision, solidifying the third victory in a row for ClearCorrect after several years of litigation.

Several of Align’s patents remain at risk of cancellation, as the United States Patent and Trademark Office continue its inter partes review and ex parte reexaminations initiated by ClearCorrect.

Now that the ITC decision is finalized, Align’s sole remaining lawsuit against ClearCorrect is expected to resume in Texas federal court. ClearCorrect anticipates that this final case will follow in the footsteps of the previous three and demonstrate that ClearCorrect does not violate any valid patents held by Align.

ClearCorrect Dream Team at Siroworld

Drs. Barsoum, Fischer, and Gardell talk about CEREC scanners and clear aligners.

“We’d all like to extend the message to the patients that dentistry has changed. It’s the not the same old stuff they used to be afraid of in the past. The future holds a lot more positive restorations, smiles, teeth straightening – come and get it!” - Dr. Ken Fischer

 

Interview: Dr. Ken Fischer shares his thoughts on ClearCorrect

Last time we interviewed Dr. Fischer, we asked if we could film him at his practice in Orange County, CA. This time, he tracked us down at this year’s AAO Annual Session to answer some frequently asked questions about ClearCorrect. Here’s what he had to say:

Thanks Dr. Fischer!

Early voting for the 2016 Townie Choice Awards is open!

Voting’s pretty neat. It takes Americans’ most treasured right—shouting opinions at strangers—and makes it both civilized and offi­cial.

But sometimes voting is hard—you‘ll have some tough decisions to make in November.

Fortunately, this summer, the correct choice is clear. In the Townie Choice Awards, there’s only one affordable, friendly, and fast candidate who makes quality aligners right here in the USA.

If you complete your 2016 Townie Choice Awards ballot by July 17th, Dentaltown will enter you to win:

•              Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker

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PLUS! You would be featured on the cover of December 2016 issue of Dentaltown Magazine and you'll win $1000!

Choosing candidates in other 2016 elections might be hard….but for the Townies, the choice is clear.

Vote Today!

ClearCorrect Announces Dr. Ken Fischer as New Clinical Advisor

ROUND ROCK, TX--(Marketwired – June 29, 2016) - ClearCorrect, LLC announced today the addition of orthodontist Dr. Ken Fischer, DDS as its new Clinical Advisor. Dr. Fischer brings with him over 40 years of orthodontic experience.

“As a seasoned clinician with years of experience in treating patients, Dr. Fischer complements and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team,” said Dr. James Mah, ClearCorrect CTO. “He is a great presenter and provides step-by-step approaches to aligner therapy. Dr. Fischer’s emphasis on treatment efficiency and practicality will be appreciated by all ClearCorrect providers.”

Dr. Fischer currently owns an orthodontic practice in Villa Park, California. He has been an active and well-respected member of several dental organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, California Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, and American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

In addition to over 16 years of clear aligner experience, Dr. Fischer has authored numerous articles, guest-lectured at UCLA, and assisted the Orange County Sheriff – Coroner Department as a forensic odontologist and expert witness.

Dr. Fischer became a ClearCorrect provider in 2013. Since then, he has spoken at various dental meetings and presented numerous webinars for ClearCorrect. Regarding his new position, Dr. Fischer said, “After 41 years of continuous clinical practice I am anxious to share my experience and knowledge with a growing company that is already making significant contributions to our orthodontic profession.”

“We’re thrilled to have such an accomplished and experienced advisor on hand,” said ClearCorrect CEO Jarrett Pumphrey. “We’ve always thrived on feedback from our providers, so having Dr. Fischer’s perspective and expertise will be a tremendous benefit to the betterment and development of our products and services.”

USPTO determines Align’s claims probably invalid

We got some great news from the USPTO!

But first, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:

Last year, ClearCorrect petitioned for ex parte reexaminations , asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to review several of Align’s patents.* These ex parte reexaminations are currently underway. So far, the USPTO has indicated agreement with ClearCorrect's position that all 75 claims of the patents in question are invalid.

Meanwhile, our legal team has also petitioned for an inter partes review of Align Technology’s patent #6,699,037 (’037) with the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board. (Align has not accused ClearCorrect of infringing this patent, but it contains claims similar to those in other patents that Align has asserted against us.)

An inter partes review occurs between two parties, with the USPTO judges acting as examiners. This approach allowed ClearCorrect’s legal team to directly present key examples of “prior art” that predate Align’s in an effort to question ‘037’s patentability.

Phew! Here’s the “great news” part:

On May 23rd, 2016, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board accepted ClearCorrect’s petition and decided to institute a trial to reexamine key claims of the ’037 patent. The board determined that there is a “reasonable likelihood that ClearCorrect would prevail in showing that claims 1, 2, 9, and 10 of the ’037 patent are unpatentable.” (Over 70% of challenges accepted by the board result in cancellation of patent claims.)

Scott A. McKeown (a partner with the Washington, DC law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt), who is leading our effort at the patent office, explains:

“We now have the board's feedback on our key ground of invalidity, which is presented in the inter partes review. We now know there is strong likelihood for a positive outcome for our pending reexamination proceedings. This is exactly what we hoped to accomplish when we filed the ’037 review.”

Cool! So what’s going on now?

We are still awaiting final decisions in the ex parte reexaminations. Ex parte reexaminations tend to take one to two years to resolve. Inter parte reviews can be faster—we expect a final decision in this case within a year. Align’s one remaining lawsuit against us is still stayed as the ITC deliberates whether they want to try their appeal again with the Supreme Court.

The board’s decision to review this patent is the latest in a series of legal victories for ClearCorrect. It is also indicative of reasoning that should also apply to the remaining lawsuit with Align. There is little reason to think that Align’s claims will fare better outside of the USPTO, since the same or similar patents will be cited. Align’s chances for success are rapidly diminishing as their claims are repudiated at every turn.

High-five, Legal. You rock.

*U.S. patents 5,975,893; 6,217,325; 6,398,548; 6,626,666; 6,722,880; 7,125,248; 7,578,674; and 8,070,487.