Pergo has been awarded a patent from the German Patent Office for the company's Fold Down patent family. The patent, DE 10 2004 055 951, is based on an application filed in 2004 and was granted on August 12, 2010. The patent relates to joint systems utilizing a separate tongue-element which shifts into a locking position after installation, such as those that are pushed from the side.
When taken in combination with Pergo's other patents covering its Fold Down systems, the patent expands the company's market position for its PerfectFold designs and those of its licensees. "Our new patent greatly expands the coverage of our Fold Down patent portfolio to ensure comprehensive coverage of joint systems utilizing vertical assembly," noted Ralf Eisermann, Pergo AG's ceo.