Tarkett Sports to Defend its Rights

Frankenthal, Germany, March 23--Over the last ten years, Tarkett Sports has established itself among the leaders in the sports flooring sector - progress driven by innovation, and underpinned by the strength of the Tarkett Group as a whole, according to IT News. A European leader in the manufacturing and distribution of flooring surfaces, Tarkett Group employs over 7,000 persons in more than 50 countries for a turnover of 1.5 billion Euros in 2004. Tarkett Group is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Tarkett Sports established its reputation with the Prestige range of new generation synthetic turfs designed for soccer, rugby and American football at all levels of the game, right up to the highest competitive level. With over 6 million Sqm installed around the world to date and the launch of a new product, Prestige XT, in 2004, Tarkett Sports consolidates its growth. In 2004, Tarkett Sports and FieldTurf came to an historical agreement. FieldTurf, a Canadian company, is world leader in the new generation of infilled artificial turf systems. Created in 1988, FieldTurf has obtained numerous patents protecting the manufacturing, distribution and installation of synthetic turf worldwide. Granted in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, these patents protect the whole new generation synthetic turf system: from the type of infill used to the pile length. The Patent EP 1080275B1 protecting such products has been granted in most European countries since 2001. The Tarkett Sports' Prestige range, Prestige System and prestige XT, matching these patents' claims, are now manufactured, distributed and installed under FieldTurf licensing. Thanks to this approach, Tarkett Sports wishes to consolidate its growth and protect its partners and clients from any judicial proceedings. Tarkett Sports will launch several judicial proceedings in the coming months in order to protect these patents. Indeed, a lot of manufacturers continue to infringe upon these. As a reminder, manufacturers, distributors and installers of these forged synthetic turfs systems are liable to prosecution if infringement of the FieldTurf patents is established.

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