To provide new and improved technologies to its licensees, Välinge has for 25 years invested heavily in R&D activities, employing a team of more than 30 engineers and other technicians. Välinge performs its R&D work in a state-of-the-art facility with both pilot- and full-scale production lines. Both the 5G-i and 5G locking systems are covered by the Välinge patent portfolio, which in total consists of more than 2,100 granted patents related to flooring, furniture, and surfaces.
The recent actions by Innovations4Flooring, founded 2014 in Curaçao, contradict the company's pledge to “fight anti-competitive behavior that inhibits innovation, drives up costs and restricts freedom of choice”. The targeting of a potential customer with a meritless lawsuit indicates that Innovations4Flooring cannot compete on the merits by offering true innovation to the market. The case is based on one single, recently issued and unproven patent. Välinge is confident that the outcome of this lawsuit will be in favor of the 5G-i system, and has already reached out to Beauflor to make it clear that they have full support from Välinge. Beauflor has independently confirmed that the company will continue to offer the Boardwalk products to the market.
In addition to the pending patent infringement suit against Halstead and Home Depot, filed in 2016 before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Välinge will take further legal actions against Innovations4Flooring and its improper attempts to interfere with the business of Välinge and its licensees.
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