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European Patent Office confirms validity of Pergo’s folddown patentEuropean Patent Office confirms validity of Pergo’s folddown patent2017-06-27T22:00:00Z

On 23 June 2017, the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office (EPO) confirmed the validity of Pergo’s folddown patent EP 2 009 195 B1 which relates to folddown systems in flooring panels.

The patent, which relates to technology developed by Pergo in 2000 and 2001, and which was granted by the EPO in April 2015, was subject to an invalidity challenge by a third party patent firm before the EPO. The EPO decided, after going through all written and oral arguments, that the patent is new and inventive, and therefore found that the patent is valid as granted.

“This decision confirms Pergo’s strong patent position on folddown locking systems in flooring panels”, states Bart Van der Stockt. “This specific patent, which we believe covers all commercially available “two-piece” folddown systems (making use of a separate plastic insert), effectively complements Pergo’s other patents on “one-piece” folddown systems (which do not use an additional plastic insert). Pergo’s broad world-wide patent position is based on the fact that Pergo was one of the first companies to patent the various folddown technologies in flooring panels.”

Pergo and the affiliated Unilin group license one-piece and two piece folddown systems to the flooring industry: Unifit™, with a plastic insert, and Unipush™ , without a plastic insert.

The decision of the EPO can be appealed by the opponent in the EPO procedure.

 

 

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