Unilin Technologies has successfully defended an opposition against its European Patent EP 3294969 B1 (“the '969 Patent”). The European Patent Office dismissed all arguments regarding novelty and inventive step of the opponent in an oral hearing and decided that the ‘969 Patent was valid.
The '969 Patent is the result of Unilin’s pioneering R&D efforts of many years ago regarding coatings that protect the edges of HDF based floors such as laminate from water damage. The ‘969 Patent has a broad scope and covers specific laminate flooring with all types of edge treating technologies and has equivalent counterparts in the USA. The ‘969 Patent is complimentary to the other Unilin patents that protect several more specific edge treating agents and production methods.
“We believe that the waterproof edge treating technology is a real game changer in the laminate flooring category, and we are pleased that our pioneering R&D efforts have been rewarded with a strong IP position, Benny Schacht, Unilin Technologies’ patent and R&D director.
Unilin and Mohawk have been successfully practicing one of the embodiments of the technology through the manufacturer's Hydroseal, WetProtect and Revwood products. More recently, Unilin added the technology to its worldwide licensing program under the Unicoat brand.
"We are welcoming all companies to contact us if they want to benefit from a license on our Unicoat technology or if they want to use their own coating solution that falls under our IP protection," Schacht added.
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