I4F Offers its Clients Protections from Pending ITC Proceedings

Hamont, Belgium, April 29, 2020-I4F announced that following its 2019 settlement agreement with Flooring Industries (Unilin), I4F has the right to ensure that its licensees will not be subject to currently pending ITC proceedings in the United States, nor the consequences of ITC decisions, which now seem to aim towards a General Exclusion Order (GEO) for certain Unilin patents in relation to new materials products. 

I4F entered into a confidential settlement agreement with Unilin in November 2019.  Through this agreement, I4F has ensured that its licensees have the possibility to sign up for a scope of protection that safeguards them against future risks of a GEO implementation when producing and selling new materials products with I4F’s locking technologies.

The scope for the settlement agreement covers “New Materials Products” with locking. This means floorcoverings using a locking, on both the long and/or short sides-with or without a bevel-featuring a thermoplastic-based or mineral‑based core. These floorcoverings are also known as luxury vinyl tile (LVT), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), multi-layer flooring (MLF), waterproof polymer core (WPC), solid polymer composite (SPC), expanded polymer core (EPC), magnesium oxide (MgO), polypropylene (PP) or polyurethane (PU).