Välinge launches new patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against luxury vinyl products

Viken, Sweden -

Välinge has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against the Belgian entity Oneflor Europe. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Mannheim in Germany, asserts unauthorized use of Välinge’s patented technology.​

The patent in suit concerns thermoplastic planks (often referred to as LVT, WPC, EPC and/or SPC products) having a core, a print layer with a printed thermoplastic film and a protective layer, wherein the core has a groove located on a side of the core. Thereby, the patent provides for strong, water-resistant laminate planks with multiple decor options. 

The filed complaint seeks injunctive relief as well as a declaration of liability for damages for infringing luxury vinyl flooring products being distributed on the German market. The complaint also seeks a recall of infringing products from Oneflor Europe’s commercial customers in Germany. 

Välinge has performed thorough analysis and firmly believes that the accused product, a luxury vinyl product marketed under the name SOLID CLICK 55, infringes the German part of Välinge’s European Patent EP 2 248 665 B2, a strong and solid patent which has already been upheld in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. Innovations4Flooring (whose locking system is, according to Välinge’s understanding, used by Oneflor Europe), has filed a nullity action against the German part of EP 2 248 665 B2 before the German Federal Patent Court. Välinge is of the opinion that this nullity action is unfounded. 

The success of the LVT/WPC/EPC/SPC flooring industry is driven by innovative technology, and Välinge has invested significant resources and years of skilled R&D work to provide its licensees with optimized patented technologies. This lawsuit is initiated to protect the interests of Välinge’s licensees and to ensure that Välinge’s patent rights are respected. 

Välinge will proceed and claim damages from any company that infringes our intellectual property rights by importing, marketing or selling infringing products. The company will not hesitate to take the necessary legal steps to prevent infringement of our patents, in Germany and elsewhere.

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