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Välinge launches new patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against luxury vinyl products

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Välinge has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against the Belgian entity Oneflor Europe. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Mannheim in Germany, asserts unauthorized use of Välinge’s patented technology.

The patent in suit concerns certain thermoplastic planks (often referred to as LVT, WPC, EPC and/or SPC products) with mechanical locking system. The products at issue are manufactured with the 3L TripleLock system under license from the company Innovations4Flooring. 

The filed complaint seeks injunctive relief, as well as a declaration of liability for damages, for infringing luxury vinyl flooring products being distributed by Oneflor Europe on the German market. The complaint further seeks a recall of the infringing products, whereby Oneflor Europe’s commercial customers in Germany are requested to return already purchased products. 

Välinge has performed a thorough analysis and is confident that the accused product, a luxury vinyl product marketed under the name SOLID CLICK 55, infringes the German part of Välinge’s European Patent EP 2 248 665 B2. The Opposition Division of the European Patent Office has previously issued a decision to maintain this central and strong patent for thermoplastic planks. 

The success of the LVT/WPC/EPC/SPC flooring industry is driven by innovative technology, and Välinge has invested significant resources and years of skilled R&D work to provide its licensees with optimized patented technologies. This lawsuit is initiated to protect the interests of Välinge’s licensees and to ensure that Välinge’s patent rights are respected. 

Välinge will proceed and claim damages from any company that infringes our intellectual property rights by importing, marketing or selling infringing products. We will not hesitate to take the necessary legal steps to prevent infringement of our patents, in Germany and elsewhere.  


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press@valinge.se

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