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Pergo’s European Patent 1 276 941 invalidated by the EPOPergo’s European Patent 1 276 941 invalidated by the EPO2014-07-27T22:00:00Z

On the 24th of July 2014, the EPO Board of Appeal decided to invalidate Pergo's EP 1 276 941 because of a lack of inventive step. This patent, which claimed a priority date of 31/03/2000, is one of the more than 100 patents and/or patent applications that Pergo owns on the folddown locking technology.  

 

"We are disappointed with this negative decision, but do not believe that this decision influences Pergo's patent position in the folddown locking technology", states Bart Van der Stockt, who is responsible for Unilin and Pergo's patent portfolio. "Pergo has already anticipated on a potential negative decision, by, from 2012 onwards, filing 12 additional divisional patent applications belonging to the same patent family. These divisional patent applications also enjoy the priority date of 31/03/2000, and the majority of these patent applications do not include the features which led to this negative decision."

 

Bart Van der Stockt continues: "The fact that Pergo has several other folddown patent families, some of which have already been confirmed to be valid by the highest courts in the world, and the fact that Pergo have several new divisional patent applications in the same patent family, which do not contain the features which have led to the EPO's decision of earlier this week, makes us feel comfortable that Pergo still has the biggest and broadest patent coverage on folddown locking technologies". 

 

This decision does not influence an earlier decision of the Swedish Court of Appeal which confirmed the validity of another Pergo folddown patent in April 2013 and does not affect other Pergo folddown patents in other territories.

 

 

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