Align Technology Inc was founded in March 1997 and incorporated in Delaware in April 1997. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intra-oral scanners and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) digital services used in dentistry, orthodontics, and dental records storage. The Company has two operating segments: Clear Aligner segment and SCCS segment. Its Clear Aligner segment consists of its Invisalign System which includes Invisalign Full, Express/Lite, Teen, Assist, Vivera Retainers, along with its training and ancillary products for treating malocclusion. The SCCS segment consists of intra-oral scanning systems, and additional services available with the intra-oral scanners, that provide digital alternatives to the traditional cast models. This segment includes its iTero scanner and OrthoCAD services. The Company distributes its products directly to its customers: orthodontists and general practitioner dentists as well as to restorative dentists, including prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons. The Companys manufacturing facilities are located in Juarez, Mexico, where it conduct its aligner fabrication, distribute and repair its scanners, perform its CAD/CAM services, and in Or Yehuda, Israel where it produce its handheld intra-oral scanner wand. As of December 31, 2013, the Company had 313 issued U.S. patents, 124 pending U.S. patent applications, and 239 foreign issued patents, as well as 116 pending foreign patent applications. Its trademarks include Invisalign, Align, ClinCheck, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Teen, Vivera, SmartForce, SmartTrack, Power Ridge and iTero. The Company competes with Danaher Corporation, 3M, Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., Dentsply International, Inc. and among others. The Company is subject to various laws inside and outside the U.S. concerning its relationships with healthcare professionals and government officials, price reporting and regulation, the promotion, sales and marketing of its products and services, the importation and exportation of its products, the operation of its facilities and distribution of its products. It is also subject to varying degrees of government regulation in the various countries in which the Company do business.