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Unilin enters into additional patent agreements with Classen, Windmöller and Shaw

29/03/2021
NEWS

On The 24th of March, Unilin’s IP company entered into new agreements with Classen, Windmöller and Shaw, which do not only reconfirm the historical patent sublicense frameworks with these companies but also extend the cooperation by allowing Unilin IP to offer protection on additional patents of such companies to its licensing base.

Chinese Patent Office confirms validity of Unilin’s Click Patent

25/03/2021
NEWS

In a 13 page decision, issued on March 24th, 2021 by the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (“CNIPA”), Unilin’s CN 101023230 patent was declared to remain valid. The decision follows an action filed by a third party claiming the patented invention lacked ingenuity based on several prior art technologies.

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International Trade Commission confirms Unilin's ITC Ruling

30/09/2020
  • Validity and infringement on Unilin patents confirmed
  • General Exclusion Order issued on patent infringing products
  • US Customs will monitor incoming shipments for compliance

On the 16th of September, 2020, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) confirmed the Initial Determination of the 15th of May 2020 rendered by ITC Judge Shaw. All asserted Unilin patents were again considered valid and infringed, and a General Exclusion Order was issued to prevent all importation of PVC based products falling under the Unilin patents without license or other permission.
 
Such a general exclusion order means that US customs will actively monitor incoming shipments of flooring products to check whether potentially patent infringing products are indeed produced and sold under required Unilin licensing. The L2C holographic label program, outlined on www.L2Clabels.com, will be an important tool for Unilin IP and US customs to stop the illegal importation of patent infringing products.
 
“We are of course very happy with this ruling of the US Commission”, stated Bart Van der Stockt of Unilin’s IP division. “This confirmation did not come as a surprise given the strength of Unilin’s patents and the prior, well-reasoned decision from Judge Shaw in the Initial Determination in May of this year. But it is of course always good to receive this important news since it again demonstrates Unilin’s leading IP position in the flooring business. We continue to support all our licensed partners in the best possible way, taking whatever action is needed against manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers who are not respecting our intellectual property rights."

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