• The patents asserted in the ITC procedure are part of the Extended Patent Protection (EPP) for LVT/SPC/WPC offered by Välinge to its licensees since January 2016.
• Välinge licensees who have signed the EPP and properly label, report and pay for their LVT/SPC/WPC products with Välinge locking systems according to contractual obligations will not be affected by Unilin’s complaint.
Välinge has signed new license and cooperation agreements as a result of the increasing demand for its Liteback® core technology. The machines used for the technology—also called “groving units”—are currently being delivered to customers in China and additional machines have been ordered via HOMAG China Golden Field.
Chinese company Durasein® has signed a license agreement with Välinge Innovation for the use of Threespine® in its solid surface products. The agreement will enable Durasein to combine its unique material with click furniture technology, thereby offering improved assembly experience and new design opportunities.
Välinge Innovation has on the 10th January 2019 filed a petition requesting an Inter Partes Review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office, opposing the validity of US patent 10,053,868, issued on August 21, 2018. The patent formed the basis for the recent unjust and meritless litigation against one of Välinge Innovation’s licensees.
Slovakian furniture manufacturer SANAS a.s. has signed a license agreement with Välinge for the use of Threespine® click furniture technology. SANAS will thereby be able to increase the quality of its furniture and is now targeting new business opportunities.
As a base for future initiatives, we have summarized the main activities that happened during 2018. A new factory, a record number of new patents, more R&D activities than ever before, new licensees and so on. In other words, 2018 has been a great year.
RenewMaterial (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. has signed a license agreement with Välinge for the use of the 5G® locking system and Threespine®click furniture technology. The technologies will help RenewMaterial in its product diversification and strive for continuous sustainable growth.