FreeFit Wins Second LVT Loose Lay Patent

Hong Kong, Sept. 20, 2013 -- FreeFit said it has been granted a second U.S. patent related to loose lay luxury vinyl tile, according to Samuel Apicelli, a leading patent attorney and partner at Philadelphia-based Duane Morris.

FreeFit was granted its first loose lay LVT patent Oct. 31, 2012, and it covers the symmetric, self-grip rings employed on the back of its phthalate-free virgin vinyl core.

The most recent patent, granted Sept. 1, covers the entire range of geometric possibilities, including triangles, diamonds and wavy lines, according to Apicelli.

“This second patent is more broad and covers all patterns and the concept of utilizing geometry to hold the floor in place without glue and click systems,” he said.

“If you use glue or a click system, that’s outside of our patent.”

The company said it is enforcing its patents and has closed down a number of Asian LVT producers.