Creaform has announced that the Chinese Patent Re-examination Board has upheld Creaform’s Chinese patent on the proprietary 3D scanning technology used in a number of Creaform products, including its flagship product, the HandySCAN 3D™ scanner. The decision was greeted with considerable satisfaction by management of the Canadian company, which specializes in the development of 3D measurement technology.
The challenge contesting the validity of Creaform’s Chinese patent was filed with the Chinese Patent Re-examination Board by a Chinese citizen in July 2017. It came, coincidentally, just as several competitors from China had begun developing and commercializing auto-positioned handheld scanners with claims that they provide similar levels of performance to Creaform’s patented HandySCAN 3D™. Some of these manufacturers have blatantly copied design aspects of Creaform’s products and marketing material states the company
Creaform introduced the HandySCAN 3D™ scanner in 2005. As the first generation of truly portable handheld, self-positioning 3D laser scanners, the easy-to-use devices were able to accurately measure complex shapes in environments previously considered too rugged for dimensional metrology. The technology developed by the firm has evolved over time and underwent an important redesign in 2014, making it a very popular metrology-grade handheld laser scanner in the global market.
The patent validated by the Chinese Patent Re-examination Board covers proprietary 3D scanning technology used in Creaform’s HandySCAN 3D™ and Go!SCAN 3D™ scanners as well as other products. Creaform’s proprietary auto-referencing technology (also known as self-positioning technology) for handheld 3D scanners is patented in several countries around the world, including in the United States, Japan, and Germany. The Board’s ruling strengthens Creaform’s position as it assesses its options for taking further action to defend its intellectual property.
Creaform’s dimensional measurement devices and application software feature patented technologies. The company’s 3D scanners, portable coordinate measuring machines and photogrammetry measurement devices are the result of 15 years of intensive R&D and offer unmatched accuracy, resolution, repeatability, traceability and ease of use.
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