Unilin Flooring, the maker of Mohawk, Quick-Step, and Columbia Flooring laminate brands, has been granted a new glueless patent by the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO recently granted EP 1 541 778 B1 to Unilin. This patent is the 190th granted patent in Unilin’s original glueless patent family, according to the company.
patent, which claims priority in 1996/1997, protects glueless flooring systems
that can be angled at the long side and that can be snapped at the short
side. Products covered by this patent
would typically have an angle-snap joint but the patent also covers products
with angle-push joints.
patent protection in 52 countries and has consistently been successful in its
defense of its patents and in legal action against infringers, the company
said. Unilin has never hesitated to
enforce its patents against infringements.
This has resulted in favorable rulings in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and in
the U.S. In the U.S., the ITC’s General Exclusion
Order means that when violating product is stopped at the border, the violators
have 30 days to export the material or the confiscated product is destroyed.
“Unilin has solidly earned
its position in the industry as the technology and innovation leader by
historically launching many ‘industry firsts’ such as Uniclic that later became
the accepted industry standards. Patents
and the protection of our intellectual property are integral parts of this
innovation process,” said Roger Farabee, senior vice president of marketing,
Unilin Flooring, a Mohawk Industries company.
Unilin Flooring granted new glueless patent
October 21, 2009