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Unilin appeals Dutch first instance decisionUnilin appeals Dutch first instance decision2016-10-18T22:00:00Z

Unilin will appeal a first instance decision of the Court of The Hague which believes that the Dutch part of Unilin's EP 1 026 341 is invalid. The first instance decision on invalidity has no effect until an appeal decision.

"Unilin firmly believes that this decision is based on incorrect factual and legal assumptions. Unilin, together with its outside counsels, is confident that the decision will be overturned on appeal", states Bart Van der Stockt of Unilin's IP division.

The decision relates to the validity of only the Dutch part of Unilin's EP 1 026 341. It has no effect on the validity of foreign counterparts of EP 1 026 341 in other countries besides the Netherlands. As a result, this decision will have no effect on products using the patented pretension technology which are manufactured or sold outside the Netherlands.

To date, Unilin has 32 other independent granted European patents which all protect different aspects of the locking technology and which are widely used in the flooring industry. None of these additional patents, which are also in force in the Netherlands, are affected by this first instance decision. The validity of one of these additional patents, EP 2 077 358, was reconfirmed by the European patent office on the 15th of June 2016 (see press release of 17/06/2016). This decision is final and cannot be appealed.

 

 

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