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European Patent Office confirms validity of Unilin's pretension patentEuropean Patent Office confirms validity of Unilin's pretension patent2008-04-01T22:00:00Z

Munich April 2nd 2008. The European Patent Office (EPO) has on April 2nd 2008 confirmed the validity of EP 1 026 341. This patent protects the use of pretension in a glueless flooring system. This pretension technology has been invented by Unilin in 1997 and has in the meanwhile proven to be a vital technology for ensuring that floors don't show gaps over time. Nine companies filed opposition against this patent, all of which settled prior to the oral hearing. The opposition division of the EPO nevertheless continued the oral proceedings after which it decided to maintain the patent as granted. This decision is final. Other known European patents of Unilin in this area that have been confirmed after opposition proceedings are the Uniclic patent EP 0 843 763 and EP 1 024 234, which protects glueless systems that can be snapped together.

The worldwide glueless patent portfolio of Unilin continues to grow and presently consist of 267 patent rights (113 in Europe, 46 in the US, 22 in China, 12 in Canada and 74 in other countries), of which 122 have already been granted.

Unilin is a leading manufacturer of laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring, wood-based boards, melamine boards and roofing systems. Unilin realizes sales in excess of 1,6 billion $ and operates 19 plants in Europe, the US and Asia where it employs 3500 people. Unilin is part of Mohawk Industries which is listed on the New York stock exchange and is a fortune 500 company.

 

 

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