Välinge has purchased all Inotec’s patents regarding one-piece fold-down systems (all-side or short-side), which are registered in numerous countries such as the US, Canada as well as China and with many more applications worldwide including Europe. This patent portfolio also consists of several applications with some impressive specifications, which are expected to be granted shortly in Europe and other areas.
The Curaçao-based company Innovations4Flooring recently filed a petition for Inter Partes Review (IPR) of the Välinge patent U.S. Patent No 7,398,625. All documents referred to in the IPR were already considered by the Patent Office during the examination of the patent and are therefore on record. It is Välinge’s strong belief that the claims of the patent will be found patentable by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Chinese floor producer Jiangyin Funuo New Decoration Materials Co., Ltd. has entered into a global non-exclusive license agreement with Välinge for the use of the 2G and 5G® locking systems in WPC and LVT/SPC flooring products.