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Unilin Technologies launches Pressed Bevel for resilient flooring

12/05/2021
NEWS

Unilin Technologies introduces its patented Pressed Bevel Technology for resilient flooring to its continuously growing licensing base. With this technology, the edges of a resilient flooring panel are pressed downwards into a bevel, making sure the decor layer and texture of the board continue until the deepest point of the bevel. This unique technology, on which Unilin Technologies already started filing patents more than 10 years ago,  enhances the appearance of resilient flooring to be even closer to real wood than ever before.

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.

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Unilin prevails before International Trade Commission

20/05/2020
  • ITC’s Administrative Law Judge Shaw confirms infringement of all 48 claims that Unilin asserted
  • General Exclusion Order supported against all products that infringe the asserted patents

On May 15, 2020, Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Shaw released the ITC’s “Initial Determination” in the investigation brought by Unilin’s IP company, Mohawk Industries, and IVC US on March 25, 2019 against 45 companies alleged to infringe Unilin’s patents in its rigid and foamed core locking patent portfolio.
 
In a 269-page opinion, ALJ Shaw found all 48 asserted claims of Unilin’s patents US 9,200,460, US 10,233,655 and US 10,208,490 infringed and recommended a General Exclusion Order against all products that infringe such patent claims. A General Exclusion Order is an extraordinary measure which can only be ordered by the International Trade Commission by which all products of all worldwide manufacturers will not be allowed entry into the United States if they infringe the asserted Unilin claims and are not authorized by Unilin to be imported into the United States.
 
“This is again an important milestone for our technology licensing business,” stated Bart Van der Stockt, managing director of Unilin’s IP business. “We strongly believe that the Commission will adopt the ALJ’s recommended General Exclusion Order, by which it will be already the second time that the ITC has issued a General Exclusion Order to prevent infringement of patents in Unilin’s portfolio. These decisions recognize the continuous effort in innovation and technology by all Unilin and Mohawk employees. After revolutionizing the flooring industry by introducing the glueless locking system, this decision now confirms Unilin’s pioneering role in the introduction and development of the resilient flooring category. I am convinced that all these ongoing R&D efforts will lead to further innovations that again will make a difference in our innovative and technology-driven flooring business.”
 
The order by ALJ Shaw is subject to review by the ITC Commission, but Unilin is confident that no substantial elements will be revised.
 
Unilin division Technologies invites each manufacturer, importer, distributor or retailer to contact info.technologies@unilin.com to schedule an online meeting on what this decision could mean for their company.

Our director Bart Van der Stockt gave an interview to FloorDaily.net to elaborate on what a General Exclusion Order exactly is. Click on the following link to listen to the interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR4TIx_8xlg

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