Välinge launches major patent infringement lawsuit in USA against sales of LVT and WPC flooring products

Viken, Sweden -

Välinge has filed an action for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Halstead New England Corporation, part of the Halstead International Group (Halstead) and Home Depot Incorporated (Home Depot) for the wrongful importation, marketing and sales of LVT and WPC flooring products marketed under the names ALLURE ULTRA, ALLURE ISOCORE and TRAFFICMASTER. It is believed that these products are being manufactured in China under license from the company Innovations4Flooring. 

Välinge has chosen to commence legal action against these defendants due to its strong opinion that the accused LVT and WPC flooring products infringe several of Välinge’s U.S. patents relating to both locking technology and product build-up, and to protect the interest of Välinge's licensees. Välinge is committed to protecting its intellectual property rights and is always prepared to take whatever legal steps are required to prevent infringement of its patents in the United States and elsewhere.  

In this lawsuit, Välinge asserts that the defendants by using, importing and/or selling the products in question infringe multiple claims in no less than 9 different Välinge patents duly and properly issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including: (a.) U.S. Patent No. 7,398,625; (b.) U.S. Patent No. 7,763,345; (c.) U.S. Patent No. 8,021,741; (d.) U.S. Patent No. 8,365,499; (e.) U.S. Patent No. 8,584,423; (f.) U.S. Patent No. 8,658,274; (g.) U.S. Patent No. 8,756,899; (h.) U.S. Patent No. 8,834,992; and (i.) U.S. Patent No. 9,249,581.

Välinge has invested significant effort and resources in its R&D activities in order to provide its licensees with optimized patented technologies related to LVT/WPC products and other product segments. This lawsuit has been initiated to ensure that Välinge’s patent rights are respected and that all infringing LVT/WPC products are barred from the US market. Välinge will proceed and claim damages from any company that infringes its rights by importing, marketing or selling such infringing products.

For further information, please contact:

Marcus Palm
Director Legal Affairs