Biolase said that the patent is with 20 separate claims and describes some of the technology found in the ezlase and also contains drawings of two additional battery-powered, stand-alone lasers that were under development at the time of filing. One of the lasers is completely wireless, and shows an earlier concept of what became the iLase.

The iLase illustrates the display, controls, laser and batteries, all included as part of a single cylindrical handpiece. The present iLase incorporates the latest laser technologies and a patent-pending 360 degree control switch right on the handpiece, eliminating the need for a footswitch.

David Mulder, chief executive officer of Biolase, said: “This issued patent is illustrative of our robust intellectual property portfolio and our leadership position in lasers. We look forward to bringing forward more of those innovations to further enhance the world of dental and medical care.”

Biolase Technology manufactures and markets Waterlase technology and lasers, and related products that advance the practice of dentistry and medicine.