The IPR is directed against claims which Välinge is confident are obvious over Välinge’s patent application published as US 2011/0056167. The petition further explains that the earliest possible priority date of the opposed claims is after the priority date of the Välinge application and thus shall the claims be declared invalid.
Välinge is confident that PTAB will decide that the floor panel and locking system as claimed in the opposed claims were already disclosed in the Välinge application. A decision by the PTAB in line with Välinge’s petition would mean that Innovations4Flooring’s patent is entirely irrelevant for Välinge’s 5G-i Push Down solution.
5G-i is the strongest and best one-piece locking system on the market, and its performance is only exceeded by the premier 5G® two-piece fold down solution offered by Välinge.